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November 9, 2016, 5:30pm, at the Aldrich House

110 Benevolent Street, Providence, R.I.

Who, What, Wear?

Join us November 9 as we celebrate the RIHS’s 2016 programming theme, “Fashioning Rhode Island,” with an evening of living history. Meet four Rhode Island characters who will discuss their lives and clothing …

  • A sailor fleeing the Royal Navy press gang riot of 1765;
  • The Rev. Enos Hitchcock, appointed to the First Congregational Church in 1783;
  • Jane Jewett Pabodie, painted in 1813 by an unknown artist; and
  • An African American lady of substance living in 1880 Providence

Our 195th annual meeting will also feature our accomplishments from 2016 and our vision for the coming year. A reception will give attendees the opportunity to socialize with fellow members, history enthusiasts, and the RIHS Board of Trustees.

Because our bylaws require that 10% of RIHS’s membership be personally present or return their proxies to have a quorum for the election, please make every effort to vote online here if you have any doubts about your attendance.

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Board Term

Officers Nominated for Term of One Year

For Chair:
James P. Loring, CPA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Senior Vice President

For Vice Chair:
Luther W. Spoehr, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Departments of Education and History
Brown University

For Treasurer:
Michael L. Baker, Jr., CPA
Assistant Vice President, Accounting

For Secretary:
Alexandra Pezzello, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Trustees Nominated for Initial Term of Three Years

Michael L. Baker, Jr., CPA
Mike is currently an Assistant Vice President at Amica Mutual Insurance Company where he oversees the Financial Reporting and Analysis function within the Accounting Department.  He is a Certified Public Accountant who previously worked at KPMG, LLP serving insurance and banking clients throughout New England. Mike grew up in Wickford before attending Boston College and currently resides in Jamestown.  Since early Spring Mike has been serving on the RIHS Finance Committee.

Michael Eadie
Michael is the Vice President of Wealth Management Sales and Marketing at The Washington Trust Company.  He is a bagpiper with the Rhode Island Highlanders and a member of the Saint Andrews Society of Rhode Island.  Active in the French-Canadian community across New England, Michael is a past member of the Club Richelieu and runs the popular Facebook page, French Canadian in New England. Michael lives in Bristol, Rhode Island with his wife and son. He joined the RIHS Annual Fund and Membership Committee in Spring 2016.

Benjamin D. Lux
Ben relocated to Rhode Island from Missouri to pursue a degree at Brown University in 2005. He is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of NuLabel Technologies – an award winning material science and hardware innovations company based in East Providence. Ben launched the company after completing his Masters of Science at Brown University’s Artificial Organs and Biomaterials Lab. At Brown, Ben’s research focused on translating academic findings and innovations into actionable commercial activities. Ben also founded and currently chairs the Future Leaders Organization within TLMI – the premier industry association for the label and package printing industry.

Robert H. Sloan, Jr., CLU, CHFC
Bob moved to Rhode Island in 1988 to take over a financial services organization from a retiring colleague. He has been a financial advisor since 1975. He is involved on a volunteer basis with the library system in Rhode Island, and has numerous additional charitable and civic interests. Since this summer, Bob has been serving on the RIHS Collections Committee.

Trustees Nominated for a 2nd Term of Three Years

Winifred E. Brownell, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts and Sciences
University of Rhode Island

Edward A. Iannuccilli, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus
The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University

Theodore W. Smalletz
Chief Financial Officer
Gloria Duchin, Inc.

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