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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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The Hannah

(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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Sine Nomine Performance Saturday — The Puritan Playlist

And now for something completely different. Books can teach us much about the life of the earliest colonial settlers, but there are some things they can’t do. Sine Nomine sets out to explore a question that is rarely asked: What did this world sound like?

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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

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Happy Presidents Day

This statue of Abraham Lincoln, erected in Roger Williams Park in 1958, was the work of Rhode Island School of Design sculpture professor Gilbert Franklin (b.1919 – d.2004); he also served as Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at the school. In 1963 Gilbert

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Giraffomania — New Friday Salon Series At Athenaeum

(2.7) The Providence Athenaeum hosts historian and author John Tresch for “Transformative Milieu: The Paris of Geoffroy’s Giraffe,” part one of ‘What use is the giraffe?’ — The Evolution of Science, Society, and Spectacle in the Cosmopolitan 19th Century. In the summer of 1827 a

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Donate Blood

(2.6) C’mon, you got plenty. Head over to the Brown University Social Hall and let the Rhode Island Blood Center have a pint. All are welcome, not just students. You can even make an appointment although it is probably not necessary. It’s Black History Month

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Hannibal Lecture At Brown

(1.29) “Cosmopolitanism and the Cult of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa” will be the topic Wednesday at Brown University. Archaeologist and historian, Richard Miles, is the senior lecturer and research director for the Department of Classics at the University of Sydney, and author

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American Safe & Lock Closes After 100 Years

Now where in the hell are we supposed to buy our vaults? (Always check Benny’s first.) Barry Fain writes in the January East Side Monthly that the American Safe and Lock Company on North Main Street  — run by the Wolferseder family for generations —