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Rhode Island – General

Providence’s Hot Spots for World War II Sailors and Soldiers
6 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
7 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
7 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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Civil War’s End Revives Suffrage Battles in Rhode Island
8 months ago

Civil War’s End Revives Suffrage Battles in Rhode Island

[The authors dedicate this article to their friend and mentor Patrick T. Conley, the dean of Rhode Island historians.]

From 2010 to 2015, the publishing world was …
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Westerly Boys Compete for the Marbles Championships of 1931 and 1932
8 months ago

Westerly Boys Compete for the Marbles Championships of 1931 and 1932

“Lost your marbles” and the directive to “knuckle down” are expressions that have found their way into our language from the game of marbles. These colloquialisms have endured in …
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Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad
9 months ago

Down to the Sea by Rail: The Narragansett Pier Railroad

Railroads came to Rhode Island in 1835 with the Boston & Providence line, initially using crude horse-drawn carriages (looking like stagecoaches on rails). The line actually started operations several …
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Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries
10 months ago

Rhode Island Lotteries through the Centuries

Lotteries are said to have had their beginnings in Europe. Some say it was in Renaissance Florence with the advent of the game “Lotto” and there is some evidence …
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Newport’s Casino, Birthplace of the U.S. National Tennis Championship, 1881 to 1914
10 months ago

Newport’s Casino, Birthplace of the U.S. National Tennis Championship, 1881 to 1914

The Casino, Newport, Rhode Island, is the site of the first United States Lawn Tennis Association Singles Championship, which occurred in 1881. For thirty-one years, until 1914, the tournament continued …
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Washington’s Open Letter of March 12, 1790 to American Catholics
10 months ago

Washington’s Open Letter of March 12, 1790 to American Catholics

Rhode Islanders are, or should be, familiar with George Washington’s famed letter of August 21, 1790 to the Friends of Touro Synagogue in Newport and that public missive’s ringing declaration …
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One Day . . . The Story of a Storm, A Video Documentary of the 1938 Hurricane in Rhode Island
11 months ago

One Day . . . The Story of a Storm, A Video Documentary of the 1938 Hurricane in Rhode Island

“One Day” is a film about how life can change without warning. Your life can be perfectly normal when you get up in the morning and in a shambles by …
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