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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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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

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Happy What Cheer Day

(10.13) On Saturday, October 13, the Rhode Island Historical Society hosts its first-ever What Cheer Day, a fun-filled day of history taking place at four sites. When Roger Williams crossed the Seekonk River to found Providence, the Narragansetts greeted him with “What cheer, netop?” A

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Voter Registration At Hopkins House — Saturday

Become a registered voter at the only surviving home of a Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins. For the first time, the Colonial Dames and the League of Women Voters have teamed up in a collaboration of historic and modern-day patriotism.

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Lord Rockingham To Advise State Department

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” So opens the L.P. Hartley novel The Go-Between. If true, then who better to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than the former Lord Rockingham of 90’s rockers the Upper Crust, a.k.a. Ted Widmer.

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‘Talk The Talk’ At PPS

(8.16) Lecture Thursday at the Brick School House; the topic will be the South Elmwood area (to be followed by the ‘Walk the Walk’ part on August 23rd). The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) presents the third in its ‘Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk’ series.

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‘Talk The Talk’ — The Armory District

(7.19) Join Providence Preservation Society Executive Director James Hall for the second in his series of four evening talks and tours — “Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk”. From June to September, Executive Director James Hall will be taking preservation from the classroom to the

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The Fighting Quaker

Rhode Island native Nathanael Greene had to overcome some significant physical and philosophical obstacles in becoming a Major General in the Continental Army. In August 1774, Greene helped organize a local militia which was chartered as the Kentish Guards. His participation in the group was

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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,