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Rebecca Chase Herreshoff, Whirlwind from Bristol
3 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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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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The Story of John Dempsey, Child Laborer at Jackson Mill in Fiskeville, in 1909
9 months ago

The Story of John Dempsey, Child Laborer at Jackson Mill in Fiskeville, in 1909

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“I was thinking about where [my father] worked as a child and the fact that he died of emphysema. There was dust flying around in those textile mills. I …
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Albert Klyberg in Retrospect
10 months ago

Albert Klyberg in Retrospect

[From the Editor:  Albert T. (“Al”) Klyberg, former executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the age of 76. A …
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Abraham Lincoln Visits Rhode Island
1 year ago

Abraham Lincoln Visits Rhode Island

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Abraham Lincoln came to Rhode Island at least three separate times but never as President of the United States. In September 1848, Lincoln stopped in the capital city of Providence …
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Walter Massie, a Remarkable Wireless Radio Pioneer
1 year ago

Walter Massie, a Remarkable Wireless Radio Pioneer

Wrapped in a blanket, a lone radio operator sat huddled in his chair on the second floor of the Massie Wireless Telegraph station at Point Judith, Rhode Island, located in …
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Top Ten Rhode Islanders from the Eighteenth Century
1 year ago

Top Ten Rhode Islanders from the Eighteenth Century

Here is my list of the top ten Rhode Islanders from the eighteenth century. My list is not in any particular order. And I found it necessary to include eleven!


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Ebenezer Knight Dexter: An Enduring Legacy to the People of Providence
1 year ago

Ebenezer Knight Dexter: An Enduring Legacy to the People of Providence

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Virtually every major city throughout the United States and perhaps even the world celebrates the lives of prominent citizens and the aftermath of extraordinary events through the placement and dedication …
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Sissieretta Jones, Providence’s Famous Soprano
1 year ago

Sissieretta Jones, Providence’s Famous Soprano

When young Matilda Sissieretta Joyner stepped onto the stage at Providence’s Pond Street Baptist Church in the early 1880s and began to sing, no one in the church hall could …
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George H. Corliss
1 year ago

George H. Corliss

Of all Rhode Island’s successful entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and inventors, none achieved more fame and notoriety in their lifetimes than George H. Corliss, the man whose refinements to the steam …
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