Michael Hamel has worked in the software and computer technology industry for over 20 years. In his spare time he indulges his other passions, including reading and researching many aspects of American history. Michael is also an avid sports fan (of Boston’s four major professional teams, naturally) and collector, and is particularly interested in the intersection of sports history with local and national history. A native Rhode Islander and graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has contributed to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Games Project, the web site Basketball-Reference.com, and occasionally posts sports-related articles on his personal web site (michaelhamel.net). He now lives in Massachusetts.
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.