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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 —

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Archaeology Lecture Monday — Tel Hazor

(11.25) Archaeology in northern Israel has been making big news lately with the recent discovery of an ancient Canaanite wine cellar, circa 1700 B.C. The New York Times reports, . . . archaeologists who have been exploring the Canaanite site, known as Tel Kabri, announced

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Fifty Years Ago

(11.22) Television coverage of this anniversary has been intense with the most compelling work airing on PBS. For the forensic approach to the evidence, and analysis of the various conspiracy theories, check out NOVA’s “Cold Case JFK.” Frontline producers have unearthed rare footage of an

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Napoleon In Egypt — Athenaeum Salon

(11.8) The Athenaeum hosts a salon Friday featuring Brown University Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies Laurel Bestock on “The Lure of the Exotic: Egyptomania in the wake of the Napoleonic expedition.” When Napoleon invaded Egypt at the turn of

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On This Day In History

On October 28th, 1948, President Harry S. Truman addressed the crowd from the steps of City Hall while campaigning through the northeast. Picture from the State Archives.

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State Archives Now Online

Students, historians, journalists, and researchers can now go online and check out the state’s catalog of historically significant — and insignificant, but fun — records, documents, and images. Check out the current exhibit, “A Lively Experiment: Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter, 1661-1843.” Commemorating the 350th anniversary

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‘Action Speaks’ Returns To AS220 With Birth Of Vegas

(10.3) Action Speaks is a series of contemporary topic-driven panel discussions centered around “Underappreciated Dates that Changed America.” This season is organized around the theme, Utopia/Dystopia. This week’s the topic will be “The Birth of Las Vegas!” Born as a ‘pass through’ for those on

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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