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Arctic Theatre Royal — Burnside Park

(8.19) The Wonder Show presents an evening of spectacle, The Arctic Theatre Royal, a magic lantern show featuring images and text sourced from the Providence Athenaeum’s Special Collections. Original moving panorama and lantern slides with views of sublime, yet awful grandeur. Don’t miss this special

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What Would Roger Do? Electric Six At Fête

You mention Roger Williams — you get a special post. If you’ve never caught the unique stylings of Dick Valentine, head over to Fête tonight for the Electric Six show. Known for “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar” these Detroit rockers have a deep catalog

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RIBHS Photo Exhibit Opens Thursday

The RI Historical Society will host an opening reception for “Many Faces: Photographs of Rhode Island African Americans” a photo exhibit presented by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. Exhibit runs through September. Seen here is a cabinet card photographed at Goodwin’s Studio in the

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‘Drunk History’ Returns

‘Drunk History’ returns for a new season Tuesday, July 1st, at 10pm on Comedy Central. The series is co-produced by writer, comedian, and Moses Brown grad, Seth Weitberg. Go Fighting Quakers! ‘Drunk History’ is the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history. Host Derek Waters, along

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Events At RWNM

(6.21) More good weather queued up for this weekend so head down to the Roger Williams National Memorial for some edification and music. First at 5pm — Character actress Jessa Piaia (seen here as Mary Dyer) will portray Elizabeth Brown, wife of Chad Brown, proprietor

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‘Mummy-In’ At RISD Museum

(6.19) Not About The Buildings and the Providence Athenaeum have teamed up once again, this time to commemorate the re-installation of the Egyptian galleries at the RISD Museum. Join us for a reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s witty and not terribly long 1845 story “Some

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(6.14) Gaspee Days continue in Warwick today with the parade. And the fireworks were postponed to Saturday, June 14th. Get up to speed on the Burning of the Gaspee here. HMS Gaspee and her hated commander, Lt. William Dudingston, were sent by King George III

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Arctic Theatre Royal At RWNM — Moved To Wednesday

[Update — Rain Date: The event was rained out on Monday and has been moved to 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 11th.] Special offsite salon Monday evening at the Roger Williams National Memorial: The Wonder Show presents The Arctic Theatre Royal, a magic lantern show featuring images

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Victorian Virtualities — Athenaeum Salon

(6.3) Athenaeum Salon today — “‘Travel by Pictorial Means’: Victorian Virtualities of the Arctic Regions.” RIC Professor of English Russell Potter — author of Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture 1818-1875 — will illustrate some of the ways in which Victorian audiences encountered

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Visit The Roger Williams National Memorial

Family coming to visit this weekend? What to do . . . what to do. One nearby attraction of interest to American history buffs and Baptists is the Roger Williams National Memorial (RWNM), a 4.5 acre park operated by the National Park Service, complete with

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North Burial Ground Project

(4.17) Head over to the Lippitt House Museum Thursday for “Unearthing the North Burial Ground: Online Walking Tours of Providence’s Largest Historic Public Cemetery” another of the Providence Preservation Society’s spring programs. Professor Francis Leazes of Rhode Island College will discuss the North Burial Ground Project, an experiment

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Pope And Mussolini At Athenaeum

(4.10) Historian David Kertzer will discuss his book The Pope And Mussolini: the Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe Thursday evening at the Providence Athenaeum. The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power

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‘Yesterday’s News’ at Lippitt House Museum

(4.3) Fans of Providence history, old photographs, and architecture are probably already addicted to Sheila Lennon’s Time Lapse Blog at the Providence Journal. The before-and-after shots and well-researched commentary can be a huge time suck. In ‘Yesterday’s News’ — a presentation sponsored by the Providence

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Erik Chaput To Discuss Dorr At Statehouse

(3.21) Head over to the Statehouse to celebrate the official opening of the Statehouse Visitor Center with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and author, and Providence College alum, Erik Chaput. Immediately following opening remarks by Secretary Mollis, author Erik Chaput will speak about his book,

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‘Rum & Smuggling’ Seminar, Tasting, And Signing

(3.13) Join author Peter Andreas for a taste of a historically illicit spirit. Andreas, professor of political science and associate director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, explains America’s long and surprising relationship with smuggling and illicit trade — starting right