A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections at the RIHS

Category Archives: New Acquisitions

Carrington P. Slade: Patriot of Bristol, R.I.

The R.I.H.S. has acquired a stirring Civil War letter written by Carrington Palmer Slade (1845-1918), an African American, Rhode Island sailor who was aboard the U.S. Sloop Housatonic at a crucial … Continue reading

21 June 2018 · Leave a comment

A Walkin’ Man Walks!

The gift of a photo (carte-de-visite) image we received in the mail from a gentleman in Michigan last week sparked what we term “a trip down the rabbit hole”—a daily … Continue reading

17 January 2018 · Leave a comment

Where Everyone Knew Your Name: Barker’s Tavern, 1805-1807

Sometimes the R.I.H.S. collection items record a single moment in time or the life of single person. Today’s object documents a web of local townspeople and travelers who made a … Continue reading

11 January 2018 · 2 Comments

Object Thursday: Sewing with Brown and Sharpe

This small, precisely engineered, beautiful example of Victorian engineering is a Wilcox & Gibbs sewing machine.  As an object its elegant, arched lines, gilt embellishment and black lacquer finish seem … Continue reading

28 March 2013 · 4 Comments

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