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?
(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
(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
(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
(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,
(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
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
(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
(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
(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
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 —
(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
(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
(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
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.
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