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Rhode Island Militia Battles the Dreaded British Captain James Wallace on Prudence Island
3 months 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 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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Caleb Eddy and an African Slave Voyage Gone Awry
4 months ago

Caleb Eddy and an African Slave Voyage Gone Awry

After the French Revolution, while tensions between Great Britain and the new French revolutionary government were growing, the disruption with trade to the West Indies was acute, especially for Rhode …
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Rebecca Chase Herreshoff, Whirlwind from Bristol
5 months ago

Rebecca Chase Herreshoff, Whirlwind from Bristol

Rebecca Chase Herreshoff was born on December 2, 1894, on Prudence Island, Rhode Island, the daughter of Captain Halsey Chase and Lizzie Kelly Studley. Also called Becky, she was …
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