“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.
(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.
(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
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
(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
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).
(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
(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
(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
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,
(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
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
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’
(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
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.
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,