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Gallery Night: Francis Leazes, “In Search of Albert Martin: A Rhode Island Road to the Alamo”

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April 19, 2012 6:30 pm
April 19, 2012 7:30 pm
John Brown House Museum
52 Power St., Providence, RI, United States, 02906

Cost: Free. Reservations for the lecture not required, but encouraged.
Contact: Caitlin Murphy at 401-331-8575 x 28 or cmurphy@rihs.org.

This gallery night presentation uses visuals and narrative to recount the saga of Providence native and accountant Albert Martin and his merchant father Joseph S. Martin by interpreting the remaining physical and textual artifacts associated with his life in Providence during the New Republic era as Providence transitioned from colonial town to city. Albert Martin was young, educated, professional, but sought better opportunity than was present for him in a Providence that was fraught with economic, social and political turmoil. Martin had a plan when he left in 1832 for the same southwest that continues to draw so many today- it did not work out the way he thought it would. He died inside the Alamo, March 6, 1836 alongside the more famous Davy Crockett.

Francis J. Leazes Jr. (Ph.D. University of Connecticut) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Rhode Island College. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and is co-author of Providence The Renaisance City (Northeastern, 2004). His current teaching and research interests are in state and local politics and history as well as the use of film and smartphone technology for teaching.

The presentation is made possible though funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as by the Rhode Island College Faculty Development Fund.

In addition to this lecture, the first floor of the John Brown House Museum will be open to Gallery Night participants from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the rooms on the first floor of this impressive home, and speak with guides about its history and inhabitants.

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