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Sons Of Jacob Open House — Sunday

With klezmer and snacks and some eye-popping architectural treasures. Hosted by Doors Open RI this event provides an opportunity to learn the history of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue, where a small group continues to worship, and their plans for the future. The original synagogue

Music At RWNM

(6.24) The Downtown Sundown Music Series starts Saturday at the Roger Williams National Memorial with Jodie Treloar Simpson, Steve Donovan, Cardboard Ox, and Andy Pratt. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic basket, and sit on the lawn at the beautiful

Patriots’ Day

On this day we commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 and the midnight ride of Paul Revere. For the real story of that ride go here. It is well known that Paul Revere was captured on the road outside of Lexington, and

RWNM Now Open 7 Days

The Roger Williams National Memorial — with its newly installed exhibits illuminating the “new and dangerous opinions” of our founder — will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, now through the end of the year. Their book shop is excellent with

Ribbon Cutting At RW National Memorial

(2.18) New and Dangerous Opinions, the new permanent visitor center exhibit at the Roger Williams National memorial, is now open. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting and other events are scheduled for all day Saturday, starting in the morning at the Roger Williams National Memorial and

Endangered Specie?

Nah, we love the Avon’s Kennedy half dollars. Is there any other business in this entire country that still uses these things? I never see or receive them anywhere else. The people at the U.S. mint would probably discontinue them . . . if it

Farmers Market At Arcade

(1.22) The Sunday Farmers Market returns to the Arcade Providence tomorrow with crafts, produce, baked goods, dairy, meats, etc. (Facebook event.) Fans of Providence history: The Westminster Street photo seen here is one of several old postcards and Library of Congress photos compiled by Carmen

Roger Williams Creates The “Freest Place On Earth”

Should you head out into the storm today think of Roger Williams who spent 14 weeks surviving outdoors in just such conditions — exposed, hungry, and wearing 17th-century boots. Following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his “new and dangerous opinions,” Roger learned

Crimetown — The Bonded Vault Robbery

From Thugs to Uggs. Poor Hudson Fur Storage. They may well be a squeaky-clean fur storage/Ugg cleaning operation these days, but the popular new podcast series “Crimetown” has shone the spotlight back on the site of the infamous Bonded Vault Robbery. Back in the 70’s,

Queen Boudicca Metal Opera At RISD

(10.29) To get an idea of the space the Celtic warrior queen Boudicca occupies in the British mind stop by the Houses of Parliament in London. That’s Boudicca in her chariot, a 19th-century bronze crafted by a man with the Hogwartsian name of Thomas Thornycroft.

Celebrate What Cheer Day

(10.22) Heads up netops, this is our unique and baffling cultural inheritance, embrace it. But first, what does it all mean? In 1636 Roger Williams was forced to escape the pious nitpickers running the Massachusetts Bay Colony and he headed south. After crossing the Seekonk

‘Wordy Shipmates’ Fans — Meeting Cancelled

[Attn. Meeting cancelled.] Head down to ‘Books & Bourbon’ at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Monday at 6pm to discuss “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell. While this examination of the early Puritans and Separatists — including our own Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson —

Lovecraft’s Providence In New York Times

Today’s Sunday New York Times features a piece in the Travel Section, “How to Find the Spirit of H.P. Lovecraft in Providence,” by writer Noel Rubinton. He has written a useful and comprehensive piece with discussions of the history, architecture, and literary legacy of Lovecraft’s

Happy Fourth Of July

Today’s reading is from “Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution” by Charles Rappleye (brother of WJAR journalist Bill). At long last , the war with Great Britain had become official. Providence celebrated the final breach with an elaborate

Revolutionary War Walking Tours (Self-Guided) — North Burial Ground

Stephen Hopkins was Rhode Island’s speaker of the house, chief justice, governor, and our signer of the Declaration of Independence . . . slacker. While many locals have visited the Hopkins House museum on Benefit Street, his final resting place had always been a little

Happy Flag Day

(6.14) Remember when we were all British? This was our flag. This particular flag can be found in the Royal Charter Museum on the first floor of the Rhode Island Statehouse. The wall text beneath the display states, “Flag from the ship that brought the