A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections at the RIHS

Tag Archives: Colonial Rhode Island

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

Object Thursday: The Narragansett Basket

The Narragansett Basket is one of only two surviving 17th-century Algonkian baskets in the world. Despite an accompanying note describing a gift made in haste, the basket is in fact … Continue reading

19 September 2013 · Leave a comment

Faith & Freedom Friday: The Reverend and the Governor

James MacSparran (1693-1757) was an Irish born Anglican minister who arrived in Narragansett on April 28, 1721 to take charge of the church of St. Paul. MacSparran (shown here in … Continue reading

7 June 2013 · 2 Comments

Object Thursday: Not at Bunker Hill– A British Officer’s Cap

Every object tells a story, and sometimes more than one. In the RIHS Museum collection, we have a very beautiful silk velvet cap that has puzzled me for some time: … Continue reading

11 April 2013 · 1 Comment

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