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R.I. Independence Day — May 4th

Rhode Island independence was declared two months before the other 12 colonies got around to formally breaking ties with King George III. From the New England Historical Society, On May 4, 1776, the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode Island declared its absolute independence

Blue Latitudes

Captain Cook’s Ship Found — Pretty Sure

Almost positive. And the residents of Cooktown must be stoked at the news. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project will formally announce on Wednesday that, “. . . it is 80 to 100 percent sure that the remains of the bark Endeavour are among the

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Great Pompeii Project Lecture

(4.7) Archaeology professor Massimo Osanna will deliver a lecture titled “The Great Pompeii Project: New Life for the Dead City,” hosted by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. Osanna’s lecture will focus on the Great Pompeii Project, an initiative sponsored by the


Lovecraft Birthplace Marker Unveiling

(3.15) Lovecraft devotees with be meeting Tuesday at 5pm for the unveiling of a birthplace marker created by artist Gage Prentiss. Organized by the proprietors of the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council — check out their weird emporium in the Arcade — today’s event should

roger williams

Roger Williams Letter At RWNM

(3.17) Head over to the Roger Williams National Memorial for the third of four Throwback Thursdays. The RWNM has been coordinating with the Rhode Island Historical Society to display and explain the original letters of Roger Williams. And the letter this week is a gonna

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Mme. Sissieretta Jones

Acclaimed 19th century opera singer Sissieretta Jones, née Joyner, moved with her family to Providence at the age of 8. She lived here on Weaton Street from 1876 until her death in 1933, although it is clear she was traveling the world for much of

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The Mystery Of Doubloon Street

And why doesn’t Google Maps do gangways? So what is this weird little street. It is the first left when leaving the parking lot behind the Wild Colonial Tavern and it is ridiculously narrow. Given that today is Mardi Gras and people might be throwing

roger williams

‘The Letter’ At Roger Williams Memorial

(1.21) The innovative Park Service crew running the Roger Williams National Memorial have instituted their own version of Throwback Thursdays — four dates altogether from January through April. This week Roger Williams’ 1679 letter ‘To the Town of Providence’ will be on display and the

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Saints & Strangers & The Kalani Queypo Fan Club

The horrors endured by the Mayflower settlers on the ocean crossing and their first dreadful winter in Plymouth make for compelling, if stomach churning, television but the new National Geographic Television drama “Saints and Strangers” really takes off when the Natives show up. A great

CDW House

Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening

(10.25) Learn more about the life and times of H.P. Lovecraft — walk the streets that inspired and/or frightened him. (This is said to be the house in the The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.) The life and work of Providence’s best-known fantasy and horror

Brown U.

It’s Not A Hangover Until You’ve Stopped The Drinking

“We have to get over the 38 STUDIOS HANGOVER.” (ProJo 10.21.15/Caps theirs.) So said House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello at a speech to the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council’s annual meeting Monday night adding, “A company from outside Rhode Island is not going to locate here

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The Tree Root That Ate Roger Williams

(10.22) Roger “Groot” Williams . . . Hero of the Reformation or Guardian of the Galaxy? Gather round Protestants, we got ourselves a relic! This unique tale begins with the digging up of bones from a long neglected grave. So, boo. This Thursday the Roger

Main Library

‘Genealogy Roadshow’ At Library

(10.4) PBS favorite “Genealogy Roadshow” will be taping an episode for its third season at the Providence Public Library downtown on Sunday. According to the ProJo, Representatives of several genealogical societies will be on hand to answer questions, including the American-French Genealogical Society, the Rhode


NPS Birthday Party At RW Memorial

(8.25) Help celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service and the 50th Anniversary of the Roger Williams National Memorial! Enjoy light refreshments, meet the park staff, stroll the beautiful grounds at the Memorial, check out the exhibits at the Visitor Center and learn

stephen hopkins museum

Washington Slept Here

Or was it a dine and dash? We may never know for sure. Read more here or visit the home, now a museum, of merchant and ten-time Governor Stephen Hopkins. His revolutionary cred started with the Gaspee Affair when he refused to cooperate with the

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Where Lafayette Meets Washington

The Marquis de Lafayette seems to be having a well-deserved moment. The 19-year-old Lafayette sailed over in 1777 offering his services to the Continental Army for free. Lafayette met with George Washington that August in Philadelphia, and the two men took to each other immediately.