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Growing Up at Spindrift on Narragansett Bay  in the 1930s and through World War II
5 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
6 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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Civil War’s End Revives Suffrage Battles in Rhode Island
6 months ago

Civil War’s End Revives Suffrage Battles in Rhode Island

[The authors dedicate this article to their friend and mentor Patrick T. Conley, the dean of Rhode Island historians.]

From 2010 to 2015, the publishing world was …
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Westerly Boys Compete for the Marbles Championships of 1931 and 1932
6 months ago

Westerly Boys Compete for the Marbles Championships of 1931 and 1932

“Lost your marbles” and the directive to “knuckle down” are expressions that have found their way into our language from the game of marbles. These colloquialisms have endured in …
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From Slaves to Soldiers Book Review by Christian McBurney
6 months ago

From Slaves to Soldiers
Book Review by Christian McBurney

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, by Robert Geake (Westholme, 2016)

Author Robert A. Geake, an established author of early Rhode Island history …
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Rhode Island: A State for Sale
7 months ago

Rhode Island: A State for Sale

[From the editor: The most famous article ever written about Rhode Island is almost certainly the article below by the legendary muckraker Lincoln Steffens, which ran in the February 1905 …
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Traveling in the Past – Hitching Horses to History in Wickford Village
7 months ago

Traveling in the Past – Hitching Horses to History in Wickford Village

A new twist on an old idea has arrived in the small seaport village of Wickford, Rhode Island. Amid the frenzy of fast-paced, always-connected life, visitors to this quaint tourist …
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Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad
7 months ago

Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad

Railroads came to Rhode Island in 1835 with the Boston & Providence line, initially using crude horse-drawn carriages (looking like stagecoaches on rails). The line actually started operations several …
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British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776
8 months ago

British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776

By  •  Military

Just more than two hundred and forty years ago, British, Hessian and Loyalist forces landed and occupied Aquidneck Island, beginning a nearly three-year occupation with devastating consequences for Newport and …
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Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries
8 months ago

Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries

Lotteries are said to have had their beginnings in Europe. Some say it was in Renaissance Florence with the advent of the game “Lotto” and there is some evidence …
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