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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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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