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Rhode Island – General

Judaism and Freemasonry in Rhode Island
3 weeks ago

Judaism and Freemasonry in Rhode Island

In its current form, the Masonic fraternity dates back to the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717. The new fraternity used stonemasonry and the biblical account of …
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Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s
1 month ago

Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s

In 1863, Providence photographer Francis Hacker bragged he’d photographed one thousand public buildings and manufactories. In a city with close to fifty-one thousand residents, that’s one picture for every fiftieth …
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Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill
1 month ago

Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill

Rhode Island is fortunate to still have five working grist mills, four of which are open to the public. One of them stone grinds, produces and sells johnnycake meal as …
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Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul
2 months ago

Extravagant Barnaby’s Castle and Murder Most Foul

To our contemporary eyes the Victorian mansion at 299 Broadway in Providence is an ostentatious mash-up of architectural styles—a little bit of Gothic, a little Romanesque, with a four-story octagonal …
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An Idyllic Sunday Afternoon on Prudence Island in 1906 and Then a Deadly Storm
3 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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Beavertail’s Top Secret Spraycliff Observatory During World War II
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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