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PPS Walking Tour — Brown & Sharpe

(6.28) Four neighborhoods; four talks; four tours. Taking preservation from the classroom to the taproom! Thursday is the first walking tour of the PPS “Talk the Talk, and Walk the Walk” series. Join Providence Preservation Society Executive Director James Hall for a walking tour of

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Ten Most Endangered Properties — Dynamo House

Another entry from the Providence Preservation Society Ten Most Endangered Properties list — back for a second year — the 1912 Narragansett Electric Lighting House at 360 Eddy Street. To the east stands a long, rectangular block (turbine house, built 1925; boiler house, built 1917).

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Gaspee Affair Play — Old State House

(6.9) Also as part of WaterFire tonight, WaterFire Providence is pleased to present “Revolutionary Fire” a dynamic, short play for families that is a great introduction to the characters, issues and history of the Gaspee Affair.  The play is followed by a lively discussion of

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WaterFire Welcomes Netroots, And Everyone Else Too

(6.9) Saturday’s WaterFire comprises a weird amalgam of the Netroots Nation, Portuguese heritage, and a Gaspee historical reenactment (not the burning part, the plotting and leaving part). Check out the WaterFire website for details and complete explanation. There are a few unusual elements in Saturday’s

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Transit of Venus Walking Tour

(6.3) The Rhode Island Historical Society will present a two-part program on the Transit of Venus starting on Sunday with a walking tour. Sunday, June 3, 2pm — The walking tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street. Learn more about the

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Transit Of Venus Explained Tuesday At Athenaeum

In anticipation of the big day on June 5th, the Providence Athenaeum has organized a tutorial of sorts for this coming Tuesday, May 29th — From Transit Street to the Stars: the Transit of Venus in 1769 and Today. In June 1769 a cannon fired,

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Titanic Commemoration At The Hay

(4.17) For about two years the John Hay Library has been running a series called ‘Focus on Special Collections’. These sessions highlight an individual item or specific topic and staff from the Hay talk about the items. This month’s topic is the 100th Anniversary of

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We Need A Hero

Historian and Providence native Stephen O’Shea, author of The Perfect Heresy and Sea of Faith, will be reading from his latest book The Friar of Carcassonne Friday at the Athenaeum, In 1300, the French region of Languedoc had been cowed under the authority of both

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Party At Daggett’s

Newly minted president George Washington made his fourth and final visit to Providence in August of 1790 following Rhode Island’s ratification of the Constitution. Hard to imagine Washington, along with Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, striding down Benefit Street just having himself a good ol’

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Last Moby-Dick Salon At Athenaeum

(2.17) Rescheduled from an earlier date, Friday’s installment of the excellent Moby-Dick series at the Athenaeum “Hark! The White Whale!” will be the last. Today writer LaShonda Barnett, in association with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, presents ‘To Serve Before the Mast: Recovering the

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Roger Williams Biographer To Speak Wednesday

Roger Williams has a new biography, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. The new book was reviewed last Sunday for the New York Times Book Review by historian Joyce E. Chaplin.

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Providence Birthday Party Tuesday At PPAC

From the Office of the Mayor, Mayor Angel Taveras invites you to the Providence 375th birthday celebration at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). The night begins with a fireworks display at 6pm. Ticket holders will then enjoy live performances by Providence native Jeffrey Osborne,

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Veteran’s Day

Indiana Military has compiled information on Providence native Peter Frank Fegatelli, who perished in Vietnam at the tender age of 19 while serving with the Army National Guard–including the notification letter to his parents and the family’s reactions in a ProJo article decades later. Today,

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Author Tony Horwitz At The Athenaeum Friday

Brown alum Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, and A Voyage Long and Strange, will speak Friday about his latest work. Tony Horwitz joins us to talk about his new book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the

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Rickman Lecture Thursday — 19th Century Race Riots

Another installment of the Inspired Providence lecture series with former President of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Ray Rickman — How Providence Became a City: the Impact of the Hardscrabble and Snowtown Race Riots of 1824 and 1831. Early 19th century Americans viewed their