A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Happy R.I. Independence Day!

Happy Rhode Island Independence Day! Happy Independence Day Rhode Island! Two full months before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared independence from Great Britain, the General Assembly of Rhode Island passed … Continue reading

4 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Object Thursday: The Declaration of Independence

Tonight, Thursday, July 3rd,  the Rhode Island Historical Society will display a rare, original Rhode Island edition of the Declaration of Independence at the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power … Continue reading

3 July 2014 · Leave a comment

A perfidious wretch: Hitchcock’s sermon on Arnold’s treason

By you probably know how much I like the Reverend Enos Hitchcock in all his forms and centuries. We are fortunate indeed to have  a collection of his papers, and … Continue reading

24 November 2013 · Leave a comment

Object Thursday: Grenadier’s Caps at Gallery Night

Just back from conservation and display in Boston, tonight’s Brief Encounter will feature the ca. 1745 British Grenadier’s cap from the RIHS museum collection. This silk velvet cap was once … Continue reading

17 October 2013 · Leave a comment

Stanton Beldon’s 1862 Diary on Twitter!

  • Mr. Spalding preached to-day at Fruit Hill – his closing sermon, for the present - preached 8 Sabbaths. 2 years ago
  • A great battle yesterday at Manassas junction on the old ground of the former battle. Federal arms victorious. 8000 of our men killed. 2 years ago
  • I have marketed my fruit to-day as usual. Apples are plenty and low. We are also busy on our wood-house. 2 years ago

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