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Unfortunate Ends: Gleanings from the Death Notices of Early Rhode Island Newspapers
2 years ago

Unfortunate Ends: Gleanings from the Death Notices of Early Rhode Island Newspapers

Death notices began to appear in America with the first newspapers. A community-wide extension of the early notices on tavern and meeting house doors, these first notices were sparse, containing …
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Photo Detective: Middletown Veteran is the Mystery VJ-Day Kissing Sailor
2 years ago

Photo Detective: Middletown Veteran is the Mystery VJ-Day Kissing Sailor

There are photographs that with one glance epitomize a generation as well as a moment in time. The image of the kissing sailor captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square …
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The Culper Spy Ring Was Not The First To Warn The French at Newport
2 years ago

The Culper Spy Ring Was Not The First To Warn The French at Newport

On July 10, 1780, a French fleet of seven ships of the line and four frigates under Admiral Chevalier de Ternay, along with thirty-six transport vessels carrying about 6,000 French …
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Sidney Rider and The Business of Rhode Island History
2 years ago

Sidney Rider and The Business of Rhode Island History

More than any other Rhode Islander of his generation, Sidney S. Rider was in the business of history. Rider was the premier bookseller in Rhode Island in the later part …
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