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Rhode Island – General

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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The Life Savers: Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service, 1872-1914
11 months ago

The Life Savers: Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service, 1872-1914

[Editor’s note: This article is a synopsis of the book by Varoujan Karentz, The Life Savers, Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service (Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2012), ISBN-13-978-1463791025, and also contains excerpts from …
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Twenty-Six Pirates Hanged at Newport in 1723
11 months ago

Twenty-Six Pirates Hanged at Newport in 1723

[From the Editor:  In the late 17th and early 18h centuries, Rhode Island was a haven for pirates.  That changed in 1723 when Charles Harris and twenty-five other pirates …
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Peter Harrison, Newport’s Master Colonial Architect
12 months ago

Peter Harrison, Newport’s Master Colonial Architect

Born in Yorkshire, England in 1716 (some sources say 14 June, others say 27 July), Peter Harrison was placed at age twelve in an apprenticeship to architect/builder William Etty. He …
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Rhode Island Advertising Currency
1 year ago

Rhode Island Advertising Currency

The use of facsimile currency for advertising purposes was not unusual during the nineteenth century, and such ephemeral items are known to exist from all areas of the country. One …
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The Merci Train Visits Woonsocket: A French Connection
1 year ago

The Merci Train Visits Woonsocket: A French Connection

The United States and France have enjoyed a long and eventful relationship. We are grateful for the Comte de Rochambeau, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Statue of Liberty given …
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Pookie the Dog: A Life of Leisure and Regality
1 year ago

Pookie the Dog: A Life of Leisure and Regality

Nobody seemed to know exactly where and when she died, but on a chilly Saturday, April 12, 1952, a day before Easter Sunday, the death was officially announced by the …
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July 19, the Real Rhode Island Independence Day
2 years ago

July 19, the Real Rhode Island Independence Day

From 1974 to mid-1977 when I served as volunteer chairman of the Rhode Island commission to celebrate American independence (ri 76) one thorny issue involved the correction of the long-held …
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Early Accounts of Kent County by Travelers Near and from Afar
2 years ago

Early Accounts of Kent County by Travelers Near and from Afar

Early accounts of travel in what would become Kent County attest to the wildness of the areas in the colony away from the water, where the economy was centered. While …
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A Colonial-Era Masterwork by Peter Harrison in Newport: The Touro Synagogue
2 years ago

A Colonial-Era Masterwork by Peter Harrison in Newport: The Touro Synagogue

Newport, Rhode Island, is graced with some of the finest works of America architecture, from the colonial period to the spectacular Gilded Age. Among the jewels of eighteenth-century architecture in …
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