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An Idyllic Sunday Afternoon on Prudence Island in 1906 and Then a Deadly Storm
5 months ago

An Idyllic Sunday Afternoon on Prudence Island in 1906 and Then a Deadly Storm

[From the editor: This charming article is short, but packs a powerful punch. Its author, Rachel Chase Boynton, was born in December 1894, the daughter of Captain Halsey Chase, the …
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Pittsburgh Steelers Make Rhode Island Their Summer Home, 1964 to 1966
5 months ago

Pittsburgh Steelers Make Rhode Island Their Summer Home, 1964 to 1966

By  •  Sports

On March 14, 1964, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League announced they would hold their training camp that summer at the University of Rhode Island.[1] It was an …
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Middletown Historical Society Produces Study of the August 1778 Siege of Newport
6 months ago

Middletown Historical Society Produces Study of the August 1778 Siege of Newport

[From the Editor: In December 2016, the Middletown Historical Society published a 364-page report for the National Park Service, “The Siege of British Forces in Newport County by Colonial and …
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Beavertail’s Top Secret Spraycliff Observatory During World War II
6 months ago

Beavertail’s Top Secret Spraycliff Observatory During World War II

Spraycliff Observatory, located on the Beavertail peninsula on Conanicut Island (the town of Jamestown), was a top secret World War II facility. The activities of Spraycliff Observatory provided a …
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Interview with Maury Klein about his Book,  A Call To Arms, Mobilizing America for World War II
6 months ago

Interview with Maury Klein about his Book, A Call To Arms, Mobilizing America for World War II

[From the editor: Maury Klein is one of Rhode Island’s most prominent authors writing history books for a national audience. A long-time professor at the University of Rhode Island, he …
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Providence’s Hot Spots for World War II Sailors and Soldiers
7 months ago

Providence’s Hot Spots for World War II Sailors and Soldiers

[Note from the Editor:  This piece is republished verbatim from a column called Under the White Hat that ran in the Quonset Scout newspaper on October 3, 1946. The …
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Judith Sternberg Newman, Holocaust Survivor, Builds a New Life in Richmond
7 months ago

Judith Sternberg Newman, Holocaust Survivor, Builds a New Life in Richmond

When I was about fourteen years old, sifting through the world history section at the Kingston Free Library, I came across a book by Judith Sternberg Newman, who then …
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The World War II Listening Post at Chopmist Hill in Scituate
7 months ago

The World War II Listening Post at Chopmist Hill in Scituate

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. This story seems to bear that out.

In 1940 with World War II approaching, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sent …
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Growing Up at Spindrift on Narragansett Bay  in the 1930s and through World War II
7 months ago

Growing Up at Spindrift on Narragansett Bay in the 1930s and through World War II

After scouring the coast of New England, my father found a shingled dwelling in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, perched high above the rocks on the west bank of Narragansett Bay. It …
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Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay
8 months ago

Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay

Elisabeth Kellog Sheldon knew she was fortunate. Known as Betty, she enjoyed her privileged upbringing that included attending private boarding schools and a private college. Now here she was …
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