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  1. A really cool digital project is going on in Rhode Island. Part of the Historical Society, but wow, they have a lot of records coming on line. So very exicting!
  2. Through the Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI), the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) is determined to fulfill its mission as a platform for connectivity and participation by using digital technology to increase the history and heritage sector’s visibility, access to peer networks, grassroots support, fundraising capacity, transparency, and the dissemination of messages ranging from education to advocacy. https://www.rihs.org/rhodi/
  3. The RIHS holds the largest and most important historical collections relating to Rhode Island. These collections include 25,000 museum objects, more than 100,000 printed books, 110,000 photographs, 3,400 sound recordings (including oral histories and music), 9 million feet of moving picture film, over 1,100 manuscript collections (measuring over 7,000 linear feet), 3,400 maps, 20,000 prints, 16,000 pieces of ephemera, 15,000 architectural drawings, and several smaller, miscellaneous categories of historical holdings. These collections grow every year, due to gifts and purchases. The RIHS
  4. There is created a permanent advisory commission to study the location, condition, and inventory of historical cemeteries in Rhode Island and to make recommendations to the general assembly relative to historical cemeteries in Rhode Island. There are 39 cities and towns in RI and all have historic cemeteries within their boundaries. These historic cemeteries are a template of the developmental patterns of each community and demonstrate the social and economic growth, as well as the changes throughout each community. It is our hope to formulate and develop plans and programs to restor
  5. Although Rhode Island is a small state, we have a rich history and heritage. RIGS is focused on helping our members research their ancestors and preserve their family histories. Please browse the abundance of resources and services that RIGS provides our members, and, if you have not already joined, please consider becoming a member. https://rigensoc.org/ Contacting RIGS Mailing Address Rhode Island Genealogical Society P.O. Box 211 Hope, Rhode Island 02831 Email General Inquiry: info@rigensoc.org
  6. Founded in 1966, the East Providence Historical Society meetings were originally held at the Roger Williams Grange, Rumford Grange and the former Rumford Community Center. In 1987 the Society was granted a lease from the City to occupy the historic John Hunt House in the picturesque Hunt’s Mills section in Rumford. The house, built between 1750 – 1790, is a 5 bay, center chimney, Georgian style residence typical of a well-to-do family living in a country setting. The John Hunt House functions as a headquarters for regular and special events and is located
  7. The Portsmouth Historical Society is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Portsmouth, Rhode Island’s history. Our long term vision is to protect and promote Portsmouth’s cultural heritage by creating a secure and sustainable facility, where, in conjunction with other local organizations, we can store, maintain and display our collection of historic artifacts, offer lectures and research assistance to the public, and stimulate the study of our town’s history for future generations. We strongly believe that the uniqueness of Portsmouth
  8. The society was incorporated under the laws of the State or Rhode Island as stated in the articles of association for the purpose of gathering and preserving historical materials relating to western Rhode Island and also to promote the social and cultural life of the area. Over the years, our collection has grown due to the generosity of current and past members. There is a wealth of information about many of the communities in western Rhode Island, as well as various items for furniture, quilts, clothing, and military items. http://www.westernrihistory.org/index.aspx
  9. To procure and preserve whatever relates to the topography, antiquity and natural, civil and ecclesiastical history of the City of Warwick, State of Rhode Island. The Society serves to enrich its members and the citizens of Warwick by contributing to the preservation of its heritage and to the dissemination of knowledge relating to the historical background of the city. The Society shall collect, preserve and display artifacts, pertaining to the city of Warwick and shall be an advocate for the preservation of buildings and sites that are of historical and archaeological significance.
  10. The entire focus of the Historical Society took a major turn in 1976, when several individuals learned that the former property of one of the Charter members, Myra Appleby, was up for sale. The property had fallen into major disrepair, and following a meeting, each stepped forward into the kitchen of Mr. John Emin, and placed a ten-dollar bill on the counter. It was from this bold move that the work to reclaim and restore a historic home began. Wind whistled through holes in the wall, and certain floorboards and timbers were replaced. There were many hands at work during that time, and unt
  11. The Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society has been in existence since February of 1970. Since that time, it has strived to preserve the history of our town by oral histories, slide show presentations on the individual villages in Burrillville, working with the Historic District Commission in its placement of Harrisville and Oakland on the National Register, cataloging the cemeteries, and in various other ways. There are many aspects of preservation, but the participation of the people is the most important one. Support us with your ideas, active membersh
  12. The Little Compton Historical Society was incorporated in 1937 to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Little Compton for the enrichment and enjoyment of the general public. The Society fulfills this mission by: Maintaining and restoring selected local sites of historical significance including the Wilbor House property dating from 1690 and the early 19th century Friends Meeting House; Collecting, conserving and interpreting historical documents and objects linked to the houses, farms, and families of Little Compton; Conducting education an
  13. The Newport Historical Society is a multi-faceted history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And, it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs — exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats — to transmit information and open dialogs with the public about history. As a small organization with significant holdings and a large mission, it is
  14. The Block Island Historical Society Museum, Gallery & Shop are all located at the 4-way intersection in Old Harbor at 18 Old Town Road/Bridgegate Square across from the bank and Bagel Shop. The white three-story building with cupola and red mansard roof is the headquarters for the Society. The building is listed as part of the National Register Old Harbor Historic District. The museum building originally known as the Woonsocket House ca. 1871,( a hotel & annex with rooms that were rented to summer visitors up until the 1970′s ) was purchased by the Society in 1945.
  15. The Tiverton Historical Society (THS) was chartered in 1879 as an educational and charitable institution under the name “The Whitridge Hall and Bowen Memorial Chapel Association”. For many years, Whitridge Hall provided a meeting place for clubs, church groups, young peoples’ organizations, etc. Lectures and plays were given there. With the large number of modern public meeting places available in Tiverton after 1950, the Hall was sold, and the association has devoted itself as a local historical society. Our headquarters is now located in the Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road, a
  16. The BH&PS is located at 48 Court Street in an 1828 jail built of granite blocks used as ballast in early Bristol sailing ships. It houses a museum with collections from early Bristol, a research library and a major collection of early Bristol portraits including four by itinerant artist Cephus Thompson. There is a Children's room containing early dolls, toys and clothes along with doll houses. There is also an 1859 two-tier cell block addition which holds additional displays. The Bristol Historical Society was founded in 1936 to "promote interest in historical rese
  17. We have been an active organization for over forty years, committed to the preservation of Charlestown's history and its presentation to the public. The Charlestown Historical Society has been strengthened with new active members who have committed their time and their own special talents and expertise to our endeavors. They have been busy volunteering with programming, research, maintaining our Schoolhouse property at the Cross Mills Library and organizing and cataloging our archives and collections. We are now in the process of constructing a permanent m
  18. The mission of the Westerly Historical Society is to research, study, and preserve local history in our community. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a dedicated group of members and officers. We own many historical artifacts and an extensive photographic collection. We present a monthly lecture series and issue a monthly newsletter containing scholarly research. We invite you to join us as a member, volunteer, or donor. https://westerlyhistoricalsociety.org/
  19. The South County History Center was originally founded as the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in 1958 by a group of local residents interested in history and historic preservation. The Society drew its name from the 1658 Pettaquamscutt Purchase, in which settlers purchased 49 square miles from the Narragansett Sachems. In 2015, the Society embarked on a comprehensive strategic planning process, possible thanks to generous support from the Rhode Island Foundation, in order adapt the Society’s strategies and practices to better meet the changing needs of our community. Th
  20. The Johnston Historical Society was formed by a group of historically minded residents in the late 1970s. They had previously been members of the Johnston Bicentennial Committee/Farnum House Committee which, of course, had come together to celebrate the nation's 200th anniversary. The founders of the society saw the need for a permanent organization whose purpose would be to research and preserve the town's history. In the early 1980s the group met in what was then called the Farnum/Angell House, and the society received a big boost when the town deeded the house over to our group in 1984. We
  21. The Middletown Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit educational organization, founded in 1976, and chartered to promote the investigation of all aspects of Middletown, Rhode Island. The Society's purpose is to bring together those people interested in Middletown's history and to safeguard our rapidly disappearing heritage in order to insure a record of the past. Accordingly, the Middletown Historical Society has undertaken a series of preservation projects of which we are quite proud. The Society is always on the lookout for new and exciting restoration and preservations
  22. Holdings (Inclusive dates: 1750-present): The society’s collections include lime industry relics, artifacts, books and sterioscopics, other industrial artifacts, books and records. Other collections include land deeds, grants, wills, genealogy books, RI and local history books, family bibles, banking records from Cumberland, tax records for North Providence from the Colonial to Federal era, and other items of interest relating to the history of the six communities in the Blackstone Valley in Rhode Island. http://www.bvhsri.org/
  23. Seems a nice organization. http://www.cranstonhistoricalsociety.org/
  24. This site is dedicated to the history of Narragansett, Rhode Island, a beautiful seaside town with a rich and varied past, a vibrant present, and excellent prospects for a wonderful future. This is intended to be an active and growing site. Please bookmark our site and return to see what new information and pictures may have been added. Also, check back to stay apprised of our interesting and fun events. http://www.narragansetthistoricalsociety.com/
  25. The Richmond Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Lucy Rawlings Tootell. The purposes of the society are to: further the study and collection of the oral and written history of the region foster the collection, preservation, and archiving of manuscripts and articles of historic interest and encourage the preservation and marking of historic sites Richmond, a town of approximately 50 square miles in Washington County(South County) Rhode Island is bounded by the Wood, Queen, and Pawcatuck rivers an
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