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PPS Tour Of First Baptist Church

(8.29) Churches are beautiful and the music is swell. Why can’t we finally retire the magical thinking to the dustbin of history and just enjoy the trappings? This Thursday you can take a PPS tour of  THE oldest Baptist Church in America. The First Baptist

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The Independence Trail

One of these things is not like the other. The green stripe running down the crosswalk between Market Square and the RISD Museum of Art is the Rhode Island Independence Trail, while the blue, red, and orange marks presage a construction project of some sort

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The Gettysburg Gun — 150 Years Ago

On your left as you enter the foyer of the Rhode Island State House is the Gettysburg gun. Unfortunately the metal detector and security personnel on your right will make a more immediate claim on your attention. Consequently, many people just walk on through without

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Rhody Celebrates 350th Anniversary Of Colonial Charter

(6.22) Rhode Island will celebrate the 350th anniversary of our Colonial Charter this Saturday, June 22nd, with daylong events. 10am to 3pm at the State House — Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Charter Museum, lecture by John M. Barry author of Roger

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Historical Fiction Writers Meet At Athenaeum

(5.5) The HiFi (Historical Fiction) Collaborative, in partnership with the Providence Public Library and the Providence Athenaeum, presents “The Craft of Historical Fiction Forum,” with authors Adam Braver, Ann Hood, Thomas Cobb, and Taylor Polites. Local historical fiction authors Braver (Misfit), Hood (The Obituary Writer),

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May 4th — RI Independence Day

We were the first. On this date in 1776 Rhode Island issued The Act of Renunciation repealing its prior allegiance to the British Crown and becoming the first colony to declare independence. . . . whereas George the Third, King of Great Britain, forgetting his

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Roger Williams Decoded At First Baptist Church

(4.30) This just in from Sparkle Bryant (and if you’ve got a better name I’d like to hear it) who works for the National Park Service at the Roger Williams National Memorial. In the John Carter Brown Library is a book, the margins of which

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Two Lovecraft Events At RIHS

Okay Howard, big smile for the camera. The Rhode Island Historical Society is hosting two H.P. Lovecraft events this week. Thursday, March 21st, 6:30pm, free — Lecture by Niels S. Hobbs, “Gods”: Atheism and the Cthulhu Mythos. (More about Hobbs.) Niels S. Hobbs will explore

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H.P. Lovecraft Still Dead

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1937 of famed Providence resident and fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft. The Swan Point Cemetery crew knows to expect visitors to the grave site on this day, people often wearing black who respectfully leave little bits and bobs

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Presidents Day — “Right Makes Might”

We seem to be having a Lincoln moment right now so why not recall the time that presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln cruised through Providence the day following his famous Cooper Union speech. (He was still campaigning for the republican nomination at the time.) Horace Greeley’s

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“The Festive City” Salon At Athenaeum

(2.1) It’s hard to say which is more mind-blowing, the fabulous engravings in “The Festive City” exhibit at RISD or the historical events they depict. Learn about both at the Friday Salon at the Providence Athenaeum — “Curating the City: Temporary Installations, Permanent Impressions” Part

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C-Span Visits Providence

C-Span2 recently visited Providence to film several segments for its BookTV and AmericanHistoryTV features. Seen here is the interior of the Providence Athenaeum on Benefit Street. Other BookTV segments take you inside the John Hay Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society Library, Cellar Stories Bookstore;

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Emancipation Proclamation Sesquicentennial

January 1st marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The National Archives in Washington D.C. is hosting a series of events including Watch Night festivities and an opportunity to view the original document. A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held

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RI Black Heritage Society Seeks Civil Rights Stories

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society reminds us that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s momentous “I Have a Dream” speech. Similarly, five decades have passed since the Birmingham campaign and King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner — No Forks, Clothing Optional

It may be too late to arrange for this year, but you might want to broach the idea around the table during a lull in the conversation. Edward Winslow wrote in his first-hand account of that first Thanksgiving, . . . many of the Indians

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Widmer Book Signing

(10.24) Author, presidential speechwriter, director of the John Carter Brown Library, and adviser to Hillary Clinton on affairs of state, Edward “Ted” Widmer, a.k.a. Lord Rockingham, will read from “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy” with a book signing to