Johna M. Spencer is a native Rhode Islander who has spent most of her life in Bristol and Aquidneck Island. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has spent 15+ years in the accounting field. Johna has a great interest in history and historical preservation especially in her home town. Over the years she has done an abundance of volunteer work. One such stint was at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol. In the 1990s she put together a display and an event for the Rhode Island Girl Scout Mariners honoring Rebecca Chase Herreshoff. She credits most of her Herreshoff family knowledge to conversations with Kirsten, Nathanael G. III, and Halsey Herreshoff and to the late Charlton J. Pinheiro.
The Online Review of Rhode Island History has been formed to promote the state's wonderful history. We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend. We hope to make the state’s history interesting and fun, and eventually create an impressive archive of articles for both readers and researchers. We want to publish articles on narrative history, but also want to cover newly-published books on Rhode Island history, as well as Rhode Island history sites, artifacts, architecture, and historic preservation.