A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections at the RIHS

Category Archives: Object Thursdays

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

Fighting Like Heroes: Accounts of the Battle of R.I., 1778

The Battle of Rhode Island, also known as the Battle of Quaker Hill, occurred August 29, 1778 in Tiverton, R.I. on Aquidneck Island. It was one of the decisive battles … Continue reading

31 August 2017 · 1 Comment

Odes for the Fourth of July, 1796

For this holiday week celebrating the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776, I delved into the R.I.H.S. collections to find some patriotic treasure. In 1796 this broadside was printed … Continue reading

7 July 2017 · Leave a comment

I gcás ina bhfuil na mná?: Irish Women in Rhode Island

Irish immigrants to Rhode Island have forged an enduring legacy. Famous individuals such as Rev. James McSparran (1680-1757) and philosopher George Berkeley (1685-1753) made their marks on early Rhode Island … Continue reading

16 March 2017 · Leave a comment

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