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Granite & Grist at Cloud’s Hill
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Granite & Grist at Cloud’s Hill
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Clouds Hill Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI
Come to an ice cream social on the spacious veranda of Clouds Hill Museum on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 at 7:00 pm. Anne Holst, curator and fourth-generation owner, will give an illustrated talk on Granite and Grist; a history of Rhode Island’s obscure and long-forgotten granite quarries. You’ll be surprised at how many of them are located in the most unexpected places. Enjoy a scoop and tour the house museum during your visit. Clouds Hill Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI. 



Remembering East Greenwich
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Remembering East Greenwich
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
New England Wireless & Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich
The EGHPS presents “Remembering East Greenwich,” a presentation by local artist Don Mong at the Wireless and Steam Museum on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 7-9 pm. Historian Matt Carcieri will join Don and the audience in a conversation about places remembered like the Rocky Hill Fairgrounds, Pendulum Building, and London Street Pub. Please join us and share your memories. Light refreshments will be served.
 



East Greenwich Veteran Fireman’s Museum Tour
Saturday, April 27, 2024
East Greenwich Veteran Fireman’s Museum Tour
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
80 Queen St, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

East Greenwich Veteran Fireman’s Museum Tour on Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at 80 Queen St., East Greenwich. 5 beautifully restored vintage East Greenwich Firetrucks, fire memorabilia and a continuously running video will be on display. Kids can have their photos taken from the inside the trucks (but they must be accompanied by an adult). Author Joe Coduri will be on hand with copies of his new book about Rhode Island Fire Departments. Free and open to the public.




HERStory with Marian Gagnon & Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
HERStory with Marian Gagnon & Annual Meeting
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtually on Zoom

Marian Gagnon, Ph.D., has been making documentaries for more than two decades. She founded Goodnight Irene Productions, an indie-documentary film company, in honor of her mother, Irene. While she is passionate about this genre, Marian’s true love is producing docs about lost, forgotten, or untold women’s stories. Her background and 15 years experience as an award-winning journalist have paved the way for her avocation as a documentarian. 

​As Writer, Director, and Producer, she collaborates with videographers, animators, archivists, film editors, and composers to produce award-winning documentaries.

​She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Media Studies and the Documentary Genre.

​Gagnon recently retired as a full-time professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. where she taught writing skills, newswriting, visual literacy, and film studies at Johnson & Wales University for more than 20 years.

​Marian was born and raised in Manchester, N.H. but has lived the majority of her adult life in southern Rhode Island.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83485080134?pwd=75W02RfHFVbF3ZcpP95hxlVBdy1ovw.1




Antiques Appraisal with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Sunday, February 4, 2024
Antiques Appraisal with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Linesider Brewery, 1485 South County Trail #201, East Greenwich, RI

You’ll have a chance to find the true value of those silver candlesticks or your Aunt Betty’s Chinese bowl at our second Antiques Appraisal on Sunday, February 4th. Kevin Bruneau from Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, of Cranston, will be on hand to appraise your family treasures from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the tap room of Linesider Brewery, 1485 South County Trail. An appraisal for one item is $5 and 3 items for $10.00. And before you leave you can raise a glass to your newly discovered wealth.

 

Kevin Bruneau is the owner and president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers having established the company in 2015. Outside of managerial duties, Kevin works as an auctioneer and specialist in antiques, fine art, and Asian arts overseeing all inventory and photography throughout the company. When not at the gallery Kevin actively works on the road managing house calls and visiting clients on a daily basis. Kevin’s twenty-five plus years of experience in antique management and antiquarian expertise is what formed the foundation for Bruneau & Co. to be Rhode Island’s auction destination.

 




Run of the Mill with David Lawlor
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Run of the Mill with David Lawlor
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Dept., Public Meeting Room, 176 First Ave., East Greenwich
Meet David Lawlor, the visionary behind Run of the Mill, a unique documentary group that artfully captures and preserves the essence of history and architecture before they fade into oblivion. With an unwavering passion for storytelling through his lens, David has transformed his hobby into a thriving career, bringing forgotten historic houses and mills back to life. 
A proud graduate of Suffolk University, David embarked on this exciting journey in July 2021 and there’s been no looking back since. 
In just a short span, David’s commitment to excellence has earned Run of the Mill several accolades, including the prestigious Providence Preservation Society Fan Favorite Award in 2022. His documentary film has been featured on the cover of the Providence Journal, Boston Globe, and Valley Breeze, testifying to his growing influence in the field. 
Run of the Mill is proud to work alongside prominent organizations such as Pawtucket Central Falls Development, Rhode Island Housing, Horsley Witten Group, and The National Park Service, capturing the evolving architectural landscape with precision and creativity. 
David Lawlor’s Run of the Mill isn’t just about photography services; it’s about cherishing our shared heritage and appreciating the beauty of yesteryears. Discover the compelling narratives of historic architecture and landscapes by visiting www.runofthemill.shop!



Forgotten Frenchtown: 10 Places Where History is Hiding
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Forgotten Frenchtown: 10 Places Where History is Hiding
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
New England Wireless & Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI
EGHPS historian Matt Carcieri will take you on a virtual tour of one of the most storied sections of East Greenwich. Along the way, you’ll hear the saga of the early French people and learn about the area’s important role in World War II.



Trick or Treat Through East Greenwich History
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Trick or Treat Through East Greenwich History
10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Know any trick or treaters?

Encourage them to visit our historic signs during our event Trick or Treat Through East Greenwich History. In conjunction with the town of East Greenwich’s Halloween parade and Main Street merchant trick or treating, student volunteers for the EGHPS will hand out candy at each of the seven signs on Peirce and Main Streets.  In addition, children will be provide with “passports” to get a stamp at each sign to redeem for a prize from our booth near Town Hall. We hope this inaugural event if fun for our trick or treaters and encourages appreciation of our historic interpretive signs. Saturday, October 28th from 10-12:30 pm.



When the Coast Guard Invaded Narragansett Bay
Monday, October 23, 2023
When the Coast Guard Invaded Narragansett Bay
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Finn's Harborside, 38 Water Street, East Greenwich
Christian McBurney will tell us about “Machine Guns on Narraganset Bay: The Coast Guard’s War on Rum Runners.” It’s the title of the local historian’s new book. During Prohibition the USCG fired machine guns at rum runners, killing at least four and severely wounding others. Most were local fishermen trying to earn little extra money by supplying bootleg liquor to a market that openly flouted the law. Anne Holst of Cloud’s Hill House Museum on Post Road will add stories of her mother’s adventures and encounters with these same run-runners. The book-signing program will be at Finn’s Harborside restaurant on Water Street at 6 pm.
 



Explore East Greenwich Signs Unveiling
Sunday, September 17, 2023
Explore East Greenwich Signs Unveiling
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kentish Guards Armory, 1774 Armory Street, East Greenwich
The Explore East Greenwich signs program will be officially unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday, September 17, 2023. It will be held at 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Kentish Guards Armory at 1774 Armory Street on the corner of Peirce and Armory Streets in East Greenwich. Light refreshments Will Be Available! All are invited to Attend!



Tour of the Historic Fry Farm
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Tour of the Historic Fry Farm
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
2153 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI
Our final meeting of the season will be festive and (finally) in-person at the historic Fry Farm on South County Trail. We’ll explore the farm and cutting garden, admire Marion Fry’s famous rose garden and tour the family cemetery. This event will feature light refreshments, a short history of the property, and Cynthia (Bailey) Laprise will talk about Marion’s legacy and farm life today. 
 
Rain Date: Wednesday, June 14th



Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Memories and Mold: Practical Preservation with the R.I. Historical Society 
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for a presentation on identifying and caring for your family papers and photographs. Phoebe Bean and Dana Signe K. Munroe from the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) will share their twenty plus years of experience in archives and museums and give practical advice about caring for your family’s letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and more. 

 

Phoebe Bean, MLIS, is the Associate Director of the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center (RRC) at the RIHS where she oversees the preservation and access of the RIHS Collections. Her specialties include: book and paper restoration, colonial printing history, and the extensive manuscript and printed collections at the RRC.

Dana Signe K. Munroe, BFA, BA, is the Cabinet Keeper & Library Collections Manager at the RIHS. Her specialties include: care and preservation of photographs and textiles, collections management, and the visual and three-dimensional collections at the RRC.

 

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth oldest state historical society in the nation. The vast and varied historic collections of the RIHS span its two museums, research center and two historic houses. The RRC is home to manuscript collections that fill nearly two miles of shelving and over 725,000 photographic prints, negatives and slides. The RIHS also acts as a steward of three land parcels related to King Philip’s war.

 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.

 



ArtInRuins with J. Hogue
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
ArtInRuins with J. Hogue
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

J. Hogue has been documenting the changing architectural landscape of northern Rhode Island for over 20 years. In 2002, ArtInRuins started as a documentary project focused mainly on mill buildings and industrial architecture, as the real estate boom of the early-to-mid 2000s saw the demolition and redevelopment of many mills in the area. Since then, ArtInRuins has increased in scope to include information about the way Providence has been built and rebuilt over time, including houses, places of worship, and infrastructure such as the Jamestown Bridge. 

 

J’s presentation will cover some of the history and more notable demolitions that he and others helped capture. We will review a highlight reel of the most spectacular transformations as well. And finally, we will cover what we have been focused on lately; the degradation of the College Hill Historic District within the blocks bounded by Brook, Waterman, Thayer, and Cushing Streets. 

 

ArtInRuins has been featured in 10 interviews and articles, has been a contributing author to essays and exhibition catalogs, and has even curated an art show based on the theme of transformation. The site has become an effective way to collect memories and aural histories, gathering over 1800 anecdotes from people who lived near and worked within many of these structures. J. has personally taken his love of old buildings and tried his hand at being an owner and developer of a mixed-use commercial space in Pawtucket for 10 years. He lives in Providence with his partner and two children and works as a web designer. 

 

 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.

 
 
 



Modern Architecture with Catherine W. Zipf
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Modern Architecture with Catherine W. Zipf
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online: Zoom
Modern architecture left its mark on the West Bay in ways that are often overlooked or ignored. Join Catherine Zipf for a lively exploration of the movement's impact through the history of local Modern landmarks and their architects.
 
Award-winning architectural historian Catherine W. Zipf studies the underdogs (and the elites when they were underdogs) of American architectural history. With an interest in race and gender, Zipf reconstructs lost or overlooked histories, providing a new, often surprising, viewpoint on the traditional narrative. 
 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.

 
 
 



Map Maker George Matteson
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Map Maker George Matteson
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Department, Public Meeting Room, 176 First Ave.

George E. Matteson’s wonderful maps are beautifully illustrated with local landmarks, legends, and folklore. His maps hang in pictorial map collections locally and abroad, bringing us all twinges of nostalgia. George Matteson was from Scituate and Coventry. He was a forest ranger for over 40 years and served as a search and rescue specialist taking part in thousands of rescues of lost hunters and hikers, 100 plane crash rescue missions and myriad forest fire patrols. He would fly over forest fires, drawing quick maps of the terrain, landmarks, trails and roads, which were dropped by parachute to ground crews to aid them in reaching the heart of a fire. Did you know his father drove a hitch of a dozen or more horses for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus? In collaboration with George Matteson’s grandson, Paul St. Amand, conscientious custodian of his grandfather’s extraordinary collection, the Scituate Preservation Society will present a program to reveal more about this mapmaker who spent a lifetime surveying the backwoods, digging into local legends, and preserving our rich history. Join us for a great program, and view Matteson’s myriad maps-some rarely displayed.




Exploring Providence’s North Burial Ground
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Exploring Providence’s North Burial Ground
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

On Tuesday, January 17th at 7:30 pm Annalisa Heppner will present via Zoom: History, landscape, and big personalities-why exploring a cemetery can be one of the best ways to “meet” history. This presentation will feature a brief history of North Burial Ground, show historic and contemporary photos of our landscape, and introduce you to some of the folks from our “Dared to Live Different” tour, which highlights North Burial Ground “residents” who defied the norms of their time. Learn about some of the tools North Burial Ground has for historians and genealogists and what we have planned to make exploring NBG even more fun and productive.

Annalisa Heppner, M.A. is the City Cemetery Director for the City of Providence. She comes to the cemetery industry from a career in archaeology where she worked in private, state, and federal capacities. She is passionate about the way cemeteries can tell the stories of every day people, and provide a tangible connection to the past.

 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.

 
 



East Greenwich: Birthplace of Rhode Island’s Black Regiment of the Continental Army
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
East Greenwich: Birthplace of Rhode Island’s Black Regiment of the Continental Army
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online: Zoom

John Dower has spent the previous two years researching the enslaved and free men of color (African and/or Indigenous ancestry) that made up the so-called Black Regiment of Rhode Island during the American Revolution. The many hours of reading thousands of primary documents, which include muster rolls, pension records, and correspondence between military and political leaders, will culminate in a book some time next year. East Greenwich is at the heart of this unique story, and it is very likely that if not for the people of East Greenwich and its surrounding communities, there would not have been a Black Regiment at all. 

 

John, a resident of North Kingstown, is a historian, board member, and Chairman of the Adult Education Committee at Smith’s Castle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Empire State College and the University at Albany, and also earned a master’s degree in American history from Stonybrook University. Much of John’s focus in history over the years has been on slavery, colonial law, and early civil rights; so, he finds recounting the history of the Black Regiment truly gratifying.  

 

During his presentation, John will share how this remarkable fighting unit came into existence, along the way explaining the several unique connections between the Black Regiment and East Greenwich. John will also display images of many primary source documents to help weave the intriguing tales (many of them never heard) about the Black and Indigenous soldiers from East Greenwich who served in the only unit of its kind that fought for the Patriot cause. Questions will be gladly taken after the presentation.

 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.

 

 

 

                                                               




Meet Me At the Biltmore - Amanda Quay Blount
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Meet Me At the Biltmore - Amanda Quay Blount
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online: Zoom

Amanda Quay Blount is a new Rhode Island author, making her publishing debut with Meet Me At The Biltmore, a chronological history of the storied Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Amanda hails from New Jersey but came to Rhode Island in 2018 and was instantly enthralled by the historic allure of the Ocean State. Amanda holds a degree in History from Rutgers University and a masters in Social Work and Community Development from Washington University in St. Louis. Meet Me At The Biltmore was researched over the course of two years and with the help of dozens of people who are interested in the historic and social relevance of the hotel. Amanda compiled thousands of primary source articles and interviews to write this book, including archives from the hotel itself. It is the only comprehensive history of the Providence Biltmore ever written.

Join Amanda for a presentation of her research about the provocative history of the Providence Biltmore Hotel. Hear some of the interesting and unexpected tales from the hotel’s century-long history, including its famous (and infamous!) guests, as well as some of the fascinating details about the hotel’s inception, rise to fame, and its downfall. We’ll cap the evening by talking about how the hotel was saved from total ruin and what the future holds for this iconic landmark. A Q&A will follow this guided presentation.

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.




Explore East Greenwich
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Explore East Greenwich
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce St., East Greenwich
 
EGHPS’ Interpretive Historic Signs Project
Join Us For A Panel Discussion And Sneak Peek Of Some Of Our Signs As Well As Light Refreshments.
The East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society (EGHPS) Invites You To Hear About Our Project To Install Historic Signs In East Greenwich.
Think you know East Greenwich? 
Why is Academy Field called Academy Field? 
Where was the “flying statehouse”? 

History is hiding throughout East Greenwich. In 2023, the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society will reveal it with a 1.2-mile heritage walk featuring 12 interpretive signs. Come get a sneak preview!
 



Chinese Immigration and Settlement in Rhode Island
Monday, May 16, 2022
Chinese Immigration and Settlement in Rhode Island
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
John Eng-Wong, a visiting scholar in American Studies at Brown University, is interested in local stories with global meanings, and has been working for many years to create an archive of material that tells about the Chinese heritage community of RI. He writes about the world journey of Chinese people, their food and  restaurants, and has shared his research in the US, Canada and Asia.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.



Professor Isaac Goodnow – From East Greenwich to “Bleeding Kansas”
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Professor Isaac Goodnow – From East Greenwich to “Bleeding Kansas”
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Professor Isaac Goodnow – From East Greenwich to “Bleeding Kansas” - EGHPS Vice President Jennifer Suellentrop will speak on Professor Isaac Goodnow’s remarkable journey from Professor at the Providence Conference Seminary (aka The East Greenwich Academy) to co-founder of Kansas State University and the town of Manhattan, Kansas, all spurred by a speech given by abolitionist Eli Thayer of the New England Emigrant Aid Company one December night in Providence, 1854.
 
Jen Suellentrop is currently Vice President of the EGHPS and an amateur historian.  Jen received her BA from Tulane University in political economy and history and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She currently practices investment management law at a large financial services company.  While not looking for connections between East Greenwich, her home of eight years, and anywhere else, she enjoys reading history non-fiction and historical fiction books alike when not travelling, gardening or spending time with her family.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.



An East Greenwich Plane Crash
Thursday, March 24, 2022
An East Greenwich Plane Crash
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Half a century ago, a small plane crashed into the swamps of East Greenwich, killing one and injuring five. The upside-down wreckage has remained wedged between the trees ever since. As with many historical places, the legacy here is complicated: is the area now a sad reminder, or a touching memorial? Should it become a proper memorial, or remain a secret? We’ll examine the East Greenwich plane crash and compare it with similar crash sites in New England to gain some perspective.
 
Andrew Ressler is a grad student studying computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Massachusetts, he has long been passionate about history and about the outdoors, interests he has combined by visiting obscure historic sites across the country.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.
 



John McNiff & Roger Williams National Park
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
John McNiff & Roger Williams National Park
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Ranger John McNiff will speak about Roger Williams National Park, including Senator Pell’s involvement, and the politics of the project. He promises to “make this one of the more interesting Zoom programs that you have had.” John McNiff is a RI native. In 1996 John began working with the National Park Service and in 1997 was stationed as a Park Ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.
 



Twisted History: Exploring the Ropemaking Site That Once Stretched Along Greenwich Cove
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Twisted History: Exploring the Ropemaking Site That Once Stretched Along Greenwich Cove
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
In the late 1700s, East Greenwich’s maritime prosperity produced a prominent landmark: the “Ropewalk.” This 1,200-foot-long building dominated the landscape, and the enterprise produced miles of cordage for our local fleet. In this presentation, East Greenwich resident Matt Carcieri, who lives along the path of the former Ropewalk, will take you inside the operation, introduce you to the people who worked there, and recount the story of its demise.
 
In his professional life, Matt spent 15 years as a marketing executive at Procter & Gamble. He is now an independent consultant who helps Fortune 500 companies articulate their corporate narratives. His family has lived in East Greenwich for three generations.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder. 
 



From Frenchtown to Woonsocket: French-Speaking Communities in Rhode Island with John T. Landry
Monday, November 15, 2021
From Frenchtown to Woonsocket: French-Speaking Communities in Rhode Island with John T. Landry
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
John T. Landry is a business historian and writer with experience in a variety of media, from blogs and conferences to articles, memoirs, and books.  He is adept at taking a mass of detail and distilling the story or key insights that readers will find useful.  He grew up in southwestern Louisiana, a descendant of French Acadian settlers in the 18th century, and his father was a leader in promoting Franco-American identity.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago, lived for a year in Quebec to improve his French, then earned a Ph.D. in economic history from Brown University.  His dissertation focused on executive compensation at large manufacturing companies as they transitioned from owners to hired management, 1900 to 1940.
   After graduating he taught a few college courses, but his experience writing a commissioned history of the predecessor of National Grid convinced him to move into publishing.  He was also a research associate at Harvard Business School.  While continuing to live in Providence, he was an editor at the Harvard Business Review in Boston from 1996 to 2009.  He then became a freelance writer and historian, ghostwriting a variety of books and articles while also resuming his work on commissioned histories.  On the side, he has been working on a book-length history of economic development in Rhode Island.  He also served on the Providence Journal’s advisory group for “Our Hidden History,” 2020-21.
   He lives in Providence with his wife and twin sons.  You can find more information at his website, www.JLandryWriting.com.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink. Remember to add info@eghps.org to your contact list or check your spam folder.



Eastern Woodland People: Their History, Culture and Arts with Lorén M. Spears
Monday, October 18, 2021
Eastern Woodland People: Their History, Culture and Arts with Lorén M. Spears
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum will address us on Monday, October 18th at 7:30 pm. Lorén aspires to empower Native youth and to educate the public on Native history, culture, environment and the arts. Lorén shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public. Lorén may or may not also tell us a traditional story and/or entertain us with a traditional song or music.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink.
 



Weird Island with Sara Corben
Monday, September 20, 2021
Weird Island with Sara Corben
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
At our September program you’ll learn about Roger Williams and the man-eating tree, the day it rained fish in Olneyville and other bizarre stories about our peculiar state. All brought to us from Sara Corben who began a weekly podcast, Weird Island, while working from her home in Pawtucket during the pandemic. She is a brand manager for the Transformer toys at Hasbro - and an amateur historian/storyteller. Sara will describe why she started this project, how she finds and researches her offbeat stories and the technological intricacies of making a podcast in her living room. A native of Plymouth, MA, Sara fell in love with Rhode Island’s quirky history while attending Providence College. Join us for this unique program, a Zoom meeting about a Podcast.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom llink.
 



Monday, June 21, 2021
Snowtown: A Long-lost Providence Neighborhood
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
At our June meeting Heather Olson of the Public Archeology Laboratory in Pawtucket will tell us about Snowtown, a small, mixed-race neighborhood in mid-1800s Providence.
 
It was the site of a racially motivated mob attack in the fall of 1831, but it was also home. It began as a kind of refuge for poor Black and white laborers, but also became the home of waves of migrants and laborers, extra-legal entrepreneurs and widowed mothers. By the end of the 19th century, the Snowtown community was displaced by the railroad construction and urban development, including the RI State House. Heather will discuss people, places and memory as well as the artifacts excavated at the Snowtown site, with time for audience questions.

Heather Olson has been the archeology laboratory manager of the Public Archeology Lab in Pawtucket for almost ten years. She has worked on many archeology projects in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and the Caribbean for almost 35 years.
 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, June 20th.




The Narragansett Park Racetrack
Monday, May 17, 2021
The Narragansett Park Racetrack
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Richard Ring from the Rhode Island Historical Society on The Narragansett Park Racetrack
There was a time when people dressed up for a day at the races, and Narragansett Park Race Track in Pawtucket was frequented by wealthy and working class fans. From the 1930s to the 1950s the one-mile oval track was one of the most successful in the United States. Jack Dempsey and Cornelius Vanderbilt were among the celebrities and sportsmen in the 14,000-seat grandstand on its opening day in July 1934.
Richard Ring will give an illustrated talk on the history of the track from its glory days to the financial scandals, devastating fire and social changes that led to its closure in the 1970s when it became a Building 19 discount store. Richard Ring is Deputy Director for Collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society and once owned a bookstore in Pawtucket - long after the track closed.
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, May 16th.



Wendell Willkie in East Greenwich & the 1940 Presidential Election
Monday, April 19, 2021
Wendell Willkie in East Greenwich & the 1940 Presidential Election
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
David Amirsadri is an East Greenwich High School senior who was born many decades after Wendell Willkie ran against FDR for the presidency in 1940. Willkie was a progressive Republican and an internationalist - an almost quaint figure to today’s Republican party. On Monday, April 19th, David will describe the 1940 campaign in Rhode Island - both local races and Willkie’s electioneering here - and how it resembles the 2020 election.

This is a free Zoom program sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. David’s illustrated talk begins at 7:30 and is open to the public. To register for the program email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, April 19th.
 



This Old House: What Were We Thinking?
Monday, March 15, 2021
This Old House: What Were We Thinking?
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
When Deb and John Walsh first saw Rose Cottage, it had been on the market for two years. Even though the 19th century Italianate building needed lots of basic upgrades, they fell in love with the glassed-in cupola, the high ceilings and its potential. What could go wrong? On Monday, March 15th the couple will share the perils and pleasures of taking on a historic home - this one located in the Hill district of East Greenwich. They look back now on their struggles with leaky pipes, outdated wiring, a resident family of possums - and happy family memories. And they’ll show the before and after photos. Join us via Zoom for the big reveal.
 
John Walsh is a partner in the East Greenwich-based communications firm Walsh & Associates. Deb Walsh is the hands-on heroine of this do-over story - and can recommend contractors and repairmen.
 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, March 14th.

 



The Green Book in Rhode Island
Monday, February 22, 2021
The Green Book in Rhode Island
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
The Green Book, a 2019 Academy Award-winning movie, depicted the humiliations an African-American classical musician faced while on a concert tour through the South in the 1950s. It introduced movie-goers to the preeminent guide book used by African-Americans traveling through the South before passage of the Civil Rights Act, The Negro Motorist's Green Book
 
The Green Book contained 24 listings for Rhode Island. On Monday, February 22, at 7:30pm, Catherine W. Zipf will discuss several of those listings, their history, and what they tell us about Rhode Island's pre-Civil Rights era.  Her illustrated talk, "African-American Travel Guides: Listings from The Negro Motorist Green Book in Rhode Island", is sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society and will be presented via Zoom at 7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. 
 
Catherine Zipf is executive director of the Bristol Preservation Society and the author of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater: American Architecture in the Depression Era
 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, February 21st.

 
 



Beloved Elder: John Gorton
Monday, January 18, 2021
Beloved Elder: John Gorton
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, editor of Rhode Island Roots will present: Beloved Elder: John Gorton

I first came across Elder John Gorton in the cramped pages of Samuel Tillinghast’s diary, 1757–1766. Tillinghast often gave details of his daily life in Warwick—boat trips, shopkeeping, gardening, making soap, and so—but he would note only that he had “gone to meeting,” without describing the services. Who was this Elder Gorton who led the East Greenwich church from 1753 to his death in 1792? What were the services like?  

    Fortunately, John Gorton kept his own records, now at Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. Soon I found myself down the rabbit hole, deep in baptisms, marriages, and funerals, fascinated by his notes for extemporaneous sermons, trying to imagine the meeting house and local landmarks that Gorton mentions casually. The people to whom he preached included both pious and indifferent citizens, whites and people of color, some poor and some prosperous, even a reformed counterfeiter. While Baptists were only one of many different denominations (even “nothings”) in the town, the story of this minister reveals much about East Greenwich and its people in the eighteenth century. Listen in, and meet the “beloved elder,” John Gorton!

— Cherry Fletcher Bamberg 

 

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg grew up in Newport and never quite got over it. She is a graduate of Brown University (BA 1965) and Linacre College, Oxon. (M.Phil. 1967) where she learned to cherish historical and biographical writing. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2007. She has edited Rhode Island Roots, the journal of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, since 2002 and edited or assisted with many of the books published by that organization. Cherry is author of several books, most recently co-author with Judith C. Harbold of John Clarke’s World. While public speaking used to terrify her, she now enjoys any opportunity to persuade audiences of the delights of Rhode Island research.

 

If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, January 17th.

 
 



All Aboard the Seaview: South County’s Trolley to the Beach
Monday, November 16, 2020
All Aboard the Seaview: South County’s Trolley to the Beach
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Historian and author Brian Wallin will present: All Aboard the Seaview: South County’s Trolley to the Beach
By the 1870’s, Narragansett Pier was firmly established as a summer resort. At first, it was a vacation spot for people of means, but by the turn of the century, it became a popular daytime destination for residents of Providence and other communities, thanks largely to the scenic and affordable Seaview Electric Railroad that ran from East Greenwich down to the Pier. The interurban trolley line also carried freight and the products of local farmers and mills. There were grandiose plans to run the line into Wakefield and on to a proposed seaport in Galilee, but the line ran smack into the competing Narragansett Pier Railroad right in the middle of the town’s Main Street. The omnivorous New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, which had been assembling a transportation monopoly in New England, also played a part in foiling the Seaview’s plans. Sadly, tracked trolleys in Rhode Island fell victim to the rise of the automobile age after World War One. By 1920, the Seaview would be bankrupt, its tracks torn up and sold for scrap. Today, its only visible remains are the power lines along the right of way, now under control of National Grid. This well-illustrated tale takes a ride on the Seaview, with some detours to share stories of the people and places that made the line so popular in its heyday. 
 
If you wish to attend this Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, November 15th.



The History of 110 Division Street
Monday, October 26, 2020
The History of 110 Division Street
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
On Monday October 26 at 7:30 PM members Virginia Parker and Barbara Boyd Toney, with guest speaker Clinton Gardiner, will present the story of the houses at 110 Division Street and the importance of their previous owners in the development of our nation. If you wish to attend the Zoom presentation please email us at info@eghps.org and we will send you the Zoom log in details on Sunday, October 25th.



The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Rhode Island: The Quest for Equality
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Rhode Island: The Quest for Equality
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Online - Zoom
Russell J. DeSimone will cover events relating to women's suffrage from the early 19th century right up to 1920 and the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Russell J. DeSimone is a bibliophile and independent scholar. He is the co-compiler of Broadsides of the Dorr Rebellion (1992), and author of The Dorr Rebellion Chronicled in Ballads and Poetry (1993), A Survey of Nineteenth Century Rhode Island Billheads (2002), Rhode Island Election Tickets: a Survey (2007), Rhode Island’s Rebellion (2009) and co-author of Remarkable Women of Rhode Island (2014). He is also editor of Mister Providence College – The Selected Writings of Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P. (2019) and “Fighting Bob” Quinn – Political Reformer and the People’s Advocate (2020). As a native Rhode Islander, he has been a lifelong student of its history. He is now retired from both the defense industry and as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island library where he curated numerous exhibitions drawn mainly from his collections including “A Survey of 19th Century Rhode Island Billheads”, “Rhode Island Lotteries – Three Centuries of History”, “Voting and the Spirit of Democracy”, “Picturesque Rhode Island” and in 2005 “Thomas Wilson Dorr – A Bicentennial Birthday Tribute.”
 
Note: EGHPS members will receive the Zoom meeting information via email the day before the meeting; members of the public please email us at info@eghps.org to register for the event and to receive the Zoom meeting information.



Member Meeting Cancelled
Monday, March 16, 2020
Member Meeting Cancelled
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI
CANCELLED! Our March speaker is unable to make the meeting on March 16th, but we hope to reschedule!



Gravestone Stories
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Gravestone Stories
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Dept., Public Meeting Room, 176 First Ave., East Greenwich
Local historian Robert Geake will lead a program on “Stories Behind the Stones in old Rhode Island Cemeteries” on Sunday, February 9th. His illustrated program will focus on intriguing stories behind the grave markers of cemeteries throughout the state.
    Robert Geake is the author of many books about Rhode Island history, including From Slaves to Soldiers: The First Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, Historic Taverns of Rhode Island and most recently New England Citizen Soldiers of the Revolutionary War: Minutemen and Mariners. He will have copies of Hidden and Forgotten Places for sale and signing. The meeting is in the community room of the East Greenwich Police Station, 176 First Avenue. It begins at 2 pm with light refreshments. It is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible with lots of easy parking.



Trash or Treasure: What’s it Worth?
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Trash or Treasure: What’s it Worth?
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Linesider Brewery, 1485 South County Trail, East Greenwich
Find out at an Antiques Appraisal on Sunday, January 12th from 1:00-4:00 pm, featuring Certified Appraiser, John Woods at the Linesider Brewery, 1485 South County Trail, East Greenwich.
$10 per item or 3 for $25 - Members Get 1 item free.
This is a fund-raiser open to the public. Please no rugs or jewelry items
 
 



Victorian Holiday Children's Tea
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Victorian Holiday Children's Tea
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Olde Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI

Enjoy a bit of elegance and lots of family fun at a Victorian Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 14th at the Old Jail, 110 King Street in East Greenwich. Sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, this is a festive tea with sweets and savories, hot chocolate, mulled cider and tea - all served on real china. Photos with Santa, a Rhode Island keepsake for each child, crafting a holiday ornament, a lesson on Victorian tea etiquette, and a story and a raffle are all part of this festive event. Youngsters up to age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. They are encouraged to dress up and bring along a favorite doll or plush toy. The party runs from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15.00 for children. Admission for members of the Historic Preservation Society is $15.00 for adults; $12.50 for children (log in to member page then go to events to receive discount). Tickets are available online at www.eghps.org store page. This is a fund-raiser to help the Society preserve the circa 1796 Old Jail building on East Greenwich’s historic waterfront.  Note:  Event is held upstairs and facility is not handicapped accessible.  Email eghps1677@gmail.com for other questions.




Ocean State Women and the War - Brian Wallin
Monday, November 18, 2019
Ocean State Women and the War - Brian Wallin
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Olde Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI
This program highlights the dramatic changes in the role of women in Rhode Island before and during World War II. Richly illustrated, it includes personal recollections by women who joined the workforce and contributed to America’s victory.  From the Walsh-Kaiser Shipyard, the state’s largest civilian employer to the Navy’s Torpedo Factory in Newport to the many factories across the state, women worked at jobs they never would have hoped to obtain as late as the 1930s. The introduction of day care on a large scale helped. Once the war ended, many women returned to traditional roles. But, the genie was out of the bottle and women would play ever growing and more important roles in the post-war decades.
Brian L. Wallin is a graduate of Stonehill College and earned his master’s degree from American International College. He spent the first half of his career as a radio-television reporter-anchor in New England and contributed to major networks. He then turned to health care administration, serving in executive positions in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island.
He retired as vice president of Kent Hospital. Brian is a recognized author and historian and a frequent lecturer throughout the state. He is a member of the faculty of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at URI and is also a trustee of the Varnum Continentals historic militia. Brian is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and a docent at the Naval War College Museum. He is a co-author of World War II Rhode Island (History Press, 2017) and a narrator for the Rhode Island Fast Ferry Lighthouse Cruises.



Historic Halloween at the Old Jail
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Historic Halloween at the Old Jail
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich
 
Chills, thrills, fun, games and a little bit of history are part of a family Halloween party at the Old Jail, 110 King Street in East Greenwich on Sunday, October 27th. Come tour the slightly spooky cells, rarely open to the public, with our own lady jail keeper from a hundred years ago, Mrs. Everlin (Place) Smith, who served for almost 50 years, until her death in 1925 at age 80. Vintage Halloween postcards and masks will be on display. There will be old-fashioned games, crafts, fortune-telling and snacks for all who dare to venture inside the jail. 
 
The party runs from 1 to 4 pm. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets, available at the door or online at our Store Page, are $10.00 per person or free with purchase of a family membership in the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, which includes two adults and up to three children. Halloween at the Old Jail is a fund-raiser for the Society, an all volunteer organization. Monies raised go to maintaining the historic building on the East Greenwich waterfront.
FAQs

1. Is your facility wheelchair accessible? 

No. While there are only two stairs to the main floor, the doorways may not fit all wheelchair sizes and the bathrooms are not equipped with hand bars. The Halloween event is on the ground floor, however.

2. Are the Spooky Tours of the jail cells appropriate for children?

The brief tours (10 min.) are meant to be spooky but not scary, although we are showcasing real jail cells in a dimly lit space. There are no gory or violent scenes, but there are skeletons and fake bugs and items along those lines. It is meant to allow for children 2-12 years old. It is led by a ghostly guide. We do allow for scared children (or adults) to exit the jail cell area before we get to the cells.

3. What activities will be available at the event?

There will be craft activities and some Victorian Halloween parlor games. We will also have on display historic Halloween costumes and masks, and a large collection of enlarged reproductions of vintage Halloween postcards. There will also be snacks and cider.

4. If I buy a new membership on an individual or family basis, what does that entitle me to?

Individual members with fully paid dues get a free ticket to the event and family memberships get two adults and up to three children free to the event.  You will also get our monthly newsletter and discounts to other paid fundraisers such as our Christmas tea and “Trash or Treasure” Antiques Roadshow type event in January at Linesiders. We host monthly speakers on a wide variety of topics and other special events from time to time.

5. What do the monies raised for the event help support?

EGHPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to connect the East Greenwich community to local history and engage in preservation efforts. Our headquarters is at 110 King Street, a building which is partly from 1796 and the jail portion is from the late 1880s.  While a beautiful gem on the East Greenwich waterfront, it is in need of many repairs and the funds raised from the Halloween event will go toward restoring the building and supporting our programs. 



EGHPS October Meeting
Sunday, October 20, 2019
EGHPS October Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Department, Public Meeting Room, 176 First Avenue
What's Your Favorite? 75 Classic New England Foods
Jim Hale will celebrate 75 classic New England foods, from American Chop Suey to Yankee Post Roast at a meeting of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society on Sunday, October 20th. Learn about our seasonal, hearty and comforting regional cuisine, gathered from farmland, coastal waters and generations of immigrants.
 
Jim is president of the North Attleboro Historic Society. His illustrated program is in the community room at the East Greenwich Police Station, First Avenue where there is easy parking and access. It begins at 2 pm and light refreshments will be served.
 



EGHPS September Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2019
EGHPS September Meeting
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich
A Conversation with the Keeper of the Rhode Island Judiciary’s Pre-1900 Records!
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm at the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street. We are pleased to host Andrew Smith from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Judical Records Center, in connection with EGHPS’ September Exhibit on Kent County Justice. What are the oldest records of the Kent County Courthouse?  What can we learn from the written record of what remains from the 1600s and 1700s and how early court matters were handled? How does one begin research on these kinds of records and what can be found?  Come ready with your questions as this interactive session is here to inspire hands on local history practitioners!
 


Kent County Justice Opening Reception
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kent County Justice Opening Reception
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich
Opening Reception on Thursday, September 12th, 6:30-7:30 pm. Special Exhibit on the History of the Kent County Judicial System, including the Jail, Courthouse, Sheriffs, Jailers, Lawyers, Judges and the Accused. At the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit will be on display through September 28th.


Kent County Justice
Thursday, September 12, 2019 through Saturday, September 28, 2019
Kent County Justice
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich
Special Exhibit on the History of the Kent County Judicial System, including the Jail, Courthouse, Sheriffs, Jailers, Lawyers, Judges and the Accused. In the Silverman Meeting Room at the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street.



EGHPS June Meeting & Fundraiser
Monday, June 17, 2019
EGHPS June Meeting & Fundraiser
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Clouds Hill Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI
Monday, June 17, 6:30 pm at Clouds Hill Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI. We will enjoy a private tour of the Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum and enjoy cool refreshments and sweet treats on a summer night, all in the peak glory of its perennial gardens. Have you passed by the sign for Clouds Hill on Post Road near the East Greenwich/Warwick line and wondered what lies at the top of that hill?  Discover what has been referred to as one of Rhode Island’s great hidden treasures, home to the country’s first female fire chief!  Built in the 1870s, this stunning Gothic Revival home has been kept in the family for generations, passed from eldest daughter to eldest daughter, and is a remarkable time capsule of the Victorian period and beyond. Ticket price of $15 will go entirely to fundraising efforts for EGHPS, and we thank Clouds Hill for their generous support.  Spaces are limited, so act quickly to avoid disappointment!  Please purchase tickets in advance at the eghps.org store page or by contacting Sue Curado at 884-4643 or lencu@cox.net.
 



EGHPS May Meeting
Monday, May 20, 2019
EGHPS May Meeting
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich

Roberta Humble: So You Think You Know Rhode Island?

Roberta Humble will present “The BIG Rhode Island Quiz.” A quiz with the audience to discover new things about RI including geography, famous people, foods, businesses, theaters, cities and towns, shopping, historic sites and more. Presented with stunning photographs. 

Roberta Humble taught English at CCRI for 47 years, is active in the Warwick Historical Society and Westerly Historic Society. She has published books on fun facts about RI and created RI trivia games. 

 



EGHPS April Meeting
Monday, April 15, 2019
EGHPS April Meeting
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich
James Ricci, author of The Newport Bridge will tell the fascinating story of this engineering marvel and the 35-year struggle with the RI legislature and the US Navy to get it built. On the day it finally opened in June 1969, 15,000 vehicles crossed the two mile span. Jim is a local historian who will share all sorts of interesting details about the history of our iconic bridge. Jim will sign copies of his book at the meeting.
 
Our meetings are moving back to the Old Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich. The event begins with a potluck supper at 6:30; Jim's program begins at 7:30. Call Sue Curado at 884-4643 or e-mail her at lencu@cox.net for more information.



EGHPS March Meeting
Sunday, March 17, 2019
EGHPS March Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Department, Public Meeting Room, 176 First Ave.

Tim Gray, Founder of The World War II Foundation, will be our speaker. Tim Gray is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer based in Rhode Island. Tim has produced, written and directed 21 documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation. 




EGHPS February Meeting
Sunday, February 17, 2019
EGHPS February Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Department, Public Meeting Room, 176 First Avenue
James Ignasher, author of Forgotten Tales of Rhode Island Aviation will share amazing but true stories about Rhode Island air and rail disasters. Did you know that on May 16, 1944 a military plane crashed on the East Greenwich-Exeter border? Or that there was once an airport in Smithfield where Bryant College is located? The roof of that airport hanger is now the roof of a factory building at 18 Industrial Drive. Jim is a local historian based in Smithfield and the author of several books on largely forgotten air, sea and rail disasters.



CANCELLED: EGHPS January Meeting
Sunday, January 20, 2019
CANCELLED: EGHPS January Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
East Greenwich Police Department, Public Meeting Room, 176 First Avenue
NOTE: Due to the prediction of inclement weather on Sunday, January 20th, this meeting will be rescheduled.
 
James Ricci, author of The Newport Bridge will tell the fascinating story of this engineering marvel and the 35-year struggle with the RI legislature and the US Navy to get it built. On the day it finally opened in June 1969, 15,000 vehicles crossed the two mile span. Jim is a local historian who will share all sorts of interesting details about the history of our iconic bridge.



Children’s Victorian Christmas Tea Party
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Children’s Victorian Christmas Tea Party
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich

Fun afternoon with Santa, special doll guests and tea party treats. Age 12 and under. We encourage all attending to dress for the occasion and bring their favorite doll! The tea will feature sandwiches, tea breads, cookies, hot chocolate, tea and punch. There will be a reading from Santa, raffle and door-prizes.

Adults $10, Children $5 Limited Seating (All children must be accompanied by an adult). To register or for more information call Marlene at (401) 886-4493.

 



EGHPS November Meeting and Potluck
Monday, November 12, 2018
EGHPS November Meeting and Potluck
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich
Thanksgiving and Holiday Food Origins
Chef Jack Chiaro, a professor at Johnson & Wales University will present the origins of well-loved traditional Thanksgiving and Holiday fare. New England is the premier origin location for many dishes that we still enjoy today. Come learn about these food origins and get a taste of how they have stood the test time without which, no table is complete!



EGHPS October Meeting & Pot Luck
Monday, October 15, 2018
EGHPS October Meeting & Pot Luck
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Old Kent County Jail, 110 King Street, East Greenwich

History of Spinning & Demonstration: Beth Fitzpatrick and Sandy Chatelle will discuss the history of spinning, focusing on spinning in the United States prior to the Industrial Revolution. They will also demonstrate the art of spinning on the wheels in our collection. Beth has graciously gotten our flax wheel running and Sandy has gotten our great wheel in working condition. The meeting begins with a pot luck supper at 6:30 pm at The Old Jail, 110 King Street. The program begins at 7:30. It is free and open to the public. Please email Susan Curado to reserve a seat.




EGHPS September Meeting
Saturday, September 15, 2018
EGHPS September Meeting
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich

Dr. Isaac Ginis is a professor at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography and an authority on predicting the strength of hurricanes. He developed a computer model to predict the ferocity of these seasonal storms that is so successful it was adopted by the National Weather Service. Dr. Ginis proved that ocean temperature is the most important factor in hurricane power. His advice to students who want to study hurricanes; “Don’t get a pilot’s license to fly into the eye of a storm. Take courses in physics, math and computer science.”

 

On Saturday, September 15, Dr. Ginis will give a program on the ‘38 hurricane, his research on hurricane prediction and their impacts on coastal infrastructure and coastal communities. His program is in conjunction with a month-long photographic display at the library on the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 and its effects on Rhode Island.



80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane Exhibit
Saturday, September 1, 2018
80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane Exhibit
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich

Opening Reception -  Exhibit featuring images of the 1938 Hurricane with extracts from the diary of Anne (Allen) Holst. In the Silverman Meeting Room. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Exhibit will be on display throughout September.



80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane
Saturday, September 1, 2018 through Sunday, September 30, 2018
80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich

Photo Exhibit -  Images of the 1938 Hurricane with extracts from the diary of Anne (Allen) Holst. On display are over 50 photographs and newspaper clippings from the historic storm that slammed into Rhode Island eighty years ago and left most of the state and much of New England in shambles. In the Silverman Meeting Room.




Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Training 4
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Teleconference
Week 4 (1.5 hour) – Advanced SEO, Site Statistics



Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Training 3
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Teleconference
Week 3 (2.5 to 3.5 hours) – Membership Management, Leadership Management, Groups Management, Permissions Management, Blast Email and Surnames Research (You will want your membership person in attendance for this session)


Training 2
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Training 2
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Teleconference
Week 2 (1.5 to 3.0 hours) – Events, Facts, Forums, Links, Download Areas, Newsletters and, if panned to be used, Area Deaths, Cemetery records, Library/Archive, Store


Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Training 1
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Teleconference
Week 1 (2.5 to 3 hours) – Setup, Menu/Page Maintenance and Page Editor Tool