Ann Smith was born in Boston, Mass. in 1696 to puritans Samuel and Anna Smith. For some context, this means … Continue reading A Woman's Touch: Ann Franklin, Printing Pioneer
For this holiday week celebrating the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776, I delved into the R.I.H.S. collections to … Continue reading Odes for the Fourth of July, 1796
For Rhode Island one of the most important events of the late 18th Century was the opening of paper mills … Continue reading Pushing Paper: Collections Highlight
Little eyes and little hands needed books too. The Rhode Island Historical Society holds a lovely collection of children’s books … Continue reading Object Thursday: Little Benjamin, or, Confess your Faults
The well-documented smallpox epidemic in Boston in 1721, with its ensuing inoculation controversy, was by no means the end of … Continue reading Object Thursday: Keeping Smallpox Out of R.I., 1729.
With summer quickly approaching our thoughts in Rhode Island turn to the sea. For many, our thoughts are always with … Continue reading Object Thursday: Oh the Places You’ll Go