After Dark at the Museum: Shedding (Candle) Light on 18th-Century Nights at Home



What Went On Behind Closed Doors After Dark in the 1700s? The RIHS Is Glad You Asked.

On April 21, at 6:30 and 7:30pm, the Rhode Island Historical Society’s “After Dark at the Museum” will give visitors the rare opportunity to tour the John Brown House Museum by (battery-operated!) candlelight and discover what went on during private evenings – and late nights – at home in the late 18th century.

“After Dark at the Museum” will cover such topics as:

  • After-dinner drinking & entertaining
  • Seduction novels that were in vogue
  • Providence’s brothel riot
  • Pre-marital sex and pregnancy
  • Unchaperoned excursions with members of the opposite sex
  • “Disorderly” women and the “sources of dissipation” they frequented
  • Rhode Island’s notorious “Green Cottage” and other morally questionable entertainment

As part of the RIHS’s “Fashioning Rhode Island” programming theme for 2016, this is a special one-time event that will show the private side of public history. Visitors will be encouraged to make their way through the John Brown House Museum at their own pace, and they will have the opportunity to speak with docents and RIHS staff stationed throughout the first and second floors. Historically accurate refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. You will be asked to choose between 6:30 entry and 7:30 entry. Admission is free for RIHS members, who must still pre-register!


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