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Supplying Water to Providence: Cranston’s “Slow Sand” Filtration Plant, Circa 1905
2 years ago

Supplying Water to Providence: Cranston’s “Slow Sand” Filtration Plant, Circa 1905

How did plans for a century old Providence water filtration plant end up in the collections of the Lawrence Public Library in Massachusetts? We may never know, but thanks to …
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The Larchmont Disaster Off Block Island, Rhode Island’s Titanic
2 years ago

The Larchmont Disaster Off Block Island, Rhode Island’s Titanic

The Larchmont Disaster, by Joseph and Janice Soares (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2014, $19.99)

 

It has been called the Titanic of Rhode Island, a little remembered disaster that claimed …
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Photo Detective: Visiting Providence’s Past in 3D
2 years ago

Photo Detective: Visiting Providence’s Past in 3D

Nineteenth century photo studios did more than take images of their clients. Many also took pictures of their communities.

The image in the banner for this article is but one …
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The Birth of American Industry: Why Pawtucket?
2 years ago

The Birth of American Industry: Why Pawtucket?

American history enthusiasts are generally aware of the story of Samuel Slater, and the developments that ensued following his arrival in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in January of 1790.

For readers …
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