Tonight’s event is at capacity; if you’d like to add your name to our waiting list, please contact Corinne Barber at or (401) 331-8575 x 135. For those attending, please note that there will be parking available *behind* the Museum of Work & Culture, and there will be signs on display to direct you. 

November 8, 2017, 5:30pm, at the Museum of Work & Culture

42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. 

In celebration of the Museum of Work & Culture’s 20th anniversary and the opening of its new permanent exhibit “Mills Along the Blackstone: Locally Made, Internationally Known,” the Rhode Island Historical Society will hold its 196th annual meeting in Woonsocket on November 8.

The evening’s program will include a gallery talk, a retrospective of the Museum of Work & Culture’s history, and a discussion of our accomplishments in 2017. A reception will follow.

Because our bylaws require that 10% of the RIHS’s membership be personally present or return their proxies to have a quorum for the election, please make every effort to vote online by November 3 at if you have any doubts about your attendance.

Nominations for the 2017-2018 Board Term

Officers Nominated for Term of One Year

For Chair:

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

For Vice Chair:

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

For Treasurer:

Michael L. Baker, Jr., CPA
Assistant Vice President, Accounting
Amica Insurance

For Secretary:

Robert H. Sloan, Jr., CLU, ChFC
Sloan Associates

Trustees Nominated for Initial Term of Three Years

William R. Logan
Bill is a Senior Vice President & Client Advisor for Citizens Private Wealth Management, a unit of Citizens Bank. He provides customized strategies for individuals, families and institutions throughout RI. Prior to joining Citizens, Bill was with Fidelity Family Office Services for eight years and prior to Fidelity, he spent eight years in Pittsburgh with BNY Mellon leading a team of portfolio managers responsible for all facets of the wealth management process. Bill is a graduate of Providence College, he is Certified Wealth Strategist®, has a certificate in financial planning from Boston University’s School of Financial Management and is a member of Providence College’s Presidents Council. Bill is on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse School, Inc. and the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. He has been serving on the RIHS Investment Committee for the past year. He is married and has three high-school aged daughters.

David R. Marquis
David Marquis is currently the President of the ChemArt Company located in Lincoln RI. In his current capacity, David’s roles and responsibilities include direct oversight of the entire organization. Strategic Planning, Continuous Improvement, Customer Retention, and Business Development are his four immediate areas of focus for the business. David graduated from Bryant (College) University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management, and holds a Master’s degree (MBA) from the University of Rhode Island. He is an active Board member of Polaris (Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Program), Davies Technical High School, and the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation. Dave is a native Rhode Islander and currently resides in North Kingstown RI with his wife Jill.

Lisa E. Melton
Lisa is Vice President of Insurance Marketing at AAA Northeast. In her role, Lisa develops and executes all key strategies and initiatives related to insurance marketing across the AAA Northeast footprint. Prior to joining AAA Northeast, Lisa worked for Amica Insurance where she held leadership positions in sales, marketing and communications. A Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Lisa majored in accounting and management at St. Bonaventure University and also complemented her CPCU designation through a master’s program in insurance management at Boston University. She resides in Franklin, MA with her husband and two sons.

Trustees Nominated for a 2nd Term of Three Years

William S. Simmons, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
Brown University

Barbara J. Thornton, AIA
Brewster Thornton Group Architects LLP