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The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I
3 days ago

The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I

While tiny Rhode Island contributed her fair share of men to serve in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War I, only one organized unit of …
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Welcome Aboard the USS Rumford
1 week ago

Welcome Aboard the USS Rumford

By  •  Military

When the United States declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary on April 6, 1917 and entered the Great War, it created an urgent need to train members of the armed …
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Rhode Island Militia Battles the Dreaded British Captain James Wallace on Prudence Island
3 weeks ago

Rhode Island Militia Battles the Dreaded British Captain James Wallace on Prudence Island

The American Revolution was fought from Maine to Illinois, hundreds of military encounters occurring in what eventually became the United States of America. Among those events were two skirmishes on …
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Judaism and Freemasonry in Rhode Island
3 weeks ago

Judaism and Freemasonry in Rhode Island

In its current form, the Masonic fraternity dates back to the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717. The new fraternity used stonemasonry and the biblical account of …
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Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s
1 month ago

Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s

In 1863, Providence photographer Francis Hacker bragged he’d photographed one thousand public buildings and manufactories. In a city with close to fifty-one thousand residents, that’s one picture for every fiftieth …
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Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill
1 month ago

Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill

Rhode Island is fortunate to still have five working grist mills, four of which are open to the public. One of them stone grinds, produces and sells johnnycake meal as …
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Rhode Island’s Italian-American Political Pioneers
1 month ago

Rhode Island’s Italian-American Political Pioneers

The hallmark of a great democracy is that its leaders reflect the composition of the electorate. It has been the case that for each new wave of immigrants the first …
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Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay
2 months ago

Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay

Military forces fired no shots in anger in Narragansett Bay during either World War I or World War II. But during the intervening years, thousands of rounds of machine gun …
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Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger
2 months ago

Recollections of a Rhode Island Bootlegger

[Editor’s note: When interviewed in 1991, Ron Deaver was 97 years old and resided in a nursing home. Some sixty years earlier, in early 1930s Rhode Island, he actively participated …
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Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul
2 months ago

Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul

To our contemporary eyes the Victorian mansion at 299 Broadway in Providence is an ostentatious mash-up of architectural styles—a little bit of Gothic, a little Romanesque, with a four-story octagonal …
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