The Rhode Island Historical Society continues its free Inside the Archives series on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m., with “Discovering the Secrets Within the Old Stone Bank Records” featuring historical researcher and writer Ray McKenna.
This virtual program will explore the significance of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Old Stone Bank records and McKenna’s efforts to ensure their transcription for researchers. McKenna will also share the discoveries uncovered by his efforts, including the stories of Rhode Island’s immigrant communities in the 19th century, which he shares on his blog Federal Hill Irish.
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McKenna earned a B.A. in history from URI and an M.A. in history from UCONN. He then went on to teach European and American history for 11 years at Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts. Eventually, he left teaching for the wine trade but returned about 12 years ago to his passion—historical research and writing. He currently operates the website federalhillirish.com, which is devoted to Irish immigration to Rhode Island.
Inside the Archives is a part of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Bicentennial Celebrations, sponsored by Amica Insurance.