Object Thursday: Faith & Freedom Exhibit and Tours

On Saturday, we open a new exhibition on this year’s interpretive theme, Faith and Freedom.
We were busy through the winter finding, selecting and photographing objects that related to this theme. This week, we finished installing the objects in preparation for the “Faith & Freedom”  themed tours of the John Brown House Museum this Saturday, May 4.

Model of St. Paul’s Church (Episcopal) Narragansett, RI. 1890.3.2
Come celebrate Rhode Island Independence Day with the RIHS at the John Brown House Museum! On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first colony to declare independence from Great Britain and renounce allegiance to King George III. May 4 is a Rhode Island state holiday and offers an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy your local history. Our brand new “Faith & Freedom” exhibit opens today and guided tours will also focus on the “Faith & Freedom” theme.
On this blog, you can follow the Faith & Freedom theme using the Faith & Freedom tag : http://rihs.wordpress.com/category/faith-freedom/ There are currently three pages of posts, and more to come every week on Friday.
Both the exhibit and tours will explore how Rhode Island has been shaped by its at once very religious population and its steadfast connection to tolerance. Joining us as well is US Revolutionary War living history expert and reenactor Frank Daley, Jr. to bring the era of John Brown’s time to life! Mr. Daley served in the US Army for eight years during the Vietnam War. His love of American history has been the basis of his 40 years of study of the US Founding and Civil War eras. He is a freelance presenter and living history teacher at schools and civic organizations. Find him in the Washington Wallpaper Room during your Museum visit and be amazed by his his huge collection of 18th and 19th century military and other artifacts.
Banner, Grant & Colfax election, 1868. 1973.59.1
Banner, Grant & Colfax election, 1868. 1973.59.1
Reservations required for the “Faith and Freedom” guided tours at 10:30am, 12:00 noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. RSVP: dgoulart@rihs.org.  Audio tours also available.

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