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Rhode Island – General

Rhode Island’s Greatest Steamship Disasters
14 hours ago

Rhode Island’s Greatest Steamship Disasters

It should come as no surprise, considering its rich maritime history spanning almost 400 years, that Rhode Island has had numerous marine disasters. As you might suspect, both sailing …
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The Narragansett Planters: Commercial Agriculture in Colonial South County
7 days ago

The Narragansett Planters: Commercial Agriculture in Colonial South County

The legend of Hannah Robinson is a part of South County folklore that intersects with the history of the Narragansett Planters. Beautiful Hannah fell in love with her charming French …
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Ethnic Politics in Rhode Island: The Case of the Franco Americans
2 weeks ago

Ethnic Politics in Rhode Island: The Case of the Franco Americans

Rhode Island political history has been characterized by passion and turbulence. One reason for this volatility is the importance of ethnic and religious factors as determinants of voting behavior.

Until …
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La Langue, La Foi, et La Patrie: The Arrival of the Franco-Americans
3 weeks ago

La Langue, La Foi, et La Patrie: The Arrival of the Franco-Americans

The emigration of French Canadians to the United States, particularly New England, during the period from 1860 to 1924 caused a depletion of the Quebec countryside. By 1900 more than …
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Judaism and Freemasonry in Rhode Island
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 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
5 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
6 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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