Please join your fellow members at the 197th Annual Meeting of the RIHS on November 14, 2018, 5:30pm, at Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St., Providence).

The evening’s program will feature a discussion of our accomplishments in 2018 and a presentation by Richard J. Ring, Deputy Executive Director for Collections & Interpretation. He will share more than three centuries of Rhode Island history using ONLY this year’s random array of new acquisitions. On exhibition will be a large selection of the many and varied items that the RIHS has acquired this year: portraits, posters, diaries, deeds, ledgers, letters, photos, furniture, silver, scrapbooks, busts, billheads, magazines, miniatures, and archives.

Thanks to all of you who registered and voted!

Thank you to Narragansett Creamery and Wayland Bakery for their donations to the festivities!

Nominations for the 2018-2019 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.
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Retired
University of Rhode Island

For Treasurer:
Michael L. Baker, Jr., CPA
Assistant Vice President, Accounting
Amica Mutual Insurance Company

For Secretary:
Robert H. Sloan, Jr., CLU, ChFC
Sloan Associates

Trustees Nominated for Initial Term of Three Years

Paul A. Croce
Vice President and Manager of Research (Retired)
FM Global Research

At FM Global, Dr. Croce planned and oversaw the company’s scientific research operation, which covered both the phenomena that can cause loss as well as technical solutions to assess risk and to prevent or reduce loss. In his prior work, Dr. Croce addressed a variety of safety, security and protection problems, including safety and risk management and quantitative risk assessments for the process industries, fire and explosion hazards in industrial and residential settings, and business interruption risk in the financial industry.

Dr. Croce is a founder and former Chair of the ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division, a Life Fellow of the ASME, a Life Member and former Chair of the International FORUM of Fire Research Directors, and a former Senior Member of the AIChE and the NFPA. He was a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Construction Safety Team, a member of the US Commission on Fire Safety and Preparedness of the DOE Complex, a member of the NIST Blue Ribbon Panel on Safety and Management (I and II) and an invited speaker and participant at the White House Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection Priorities. He holds BS, MS and ScD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.

He has served on the board of several non-profit organizations and is currently Chair of the Planning Board in Middletown, RI.

Heather Evans
Financial Representative
Northwestern Mutual
Heather recently moved to Providence from her home town of New York City, where she was a senior executive at several top Wall Street firms. She works with a national practice at Northwestern Mutual that focuses on tax efficient planning for banks and individuals. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Heather is an art and antiques collector and has restored several historic houses. The restoration of her Park Slope, Brooklyn townhouse was featured on the cover of House Beautiful. She has four grown daughters.

Scott MacKay
Political Analyst
Rhode Island NPR
Scott MacKay was hatched (at Lying-In Hospital) in Rhode Island the year Ike beat Adlai the first time. He was matched in Rhode Island (at Central Congregational Church) the year George W. Bush won reelection. He hopes to be dispatched in RI also.

Scott was educated at the University of Vermont, where he concentrated in history and political science, and began his journalistic career at the Burlington Free Press. That career spans 35 years in Rhode Island. Twenty-five years were at the Providence Journal, where he covered a variety of beats, including stints in the old East Bay and West Bay bureaus, Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. For the last decade he has been a political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio, the state’s NPR affiliate.

In 1999, Scott and colleague Jody McPhillips co-authored the “Rhode Island Century” series, a deep dive into 20th century Rhode Island history. The series was done in cooperation with the RIHS. He gained an insight into the work of the society and came to value very much the society’s archives and staff. Scott lives in Bristol with his wife, Dr. Staci Fischer, an infectious disease specialist.

Maureen Moakley, Ph.D.
Dr. Moakley is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at URI specializing in American Government, Rhode Island Politics and Media and Politics. While at URI, she developed an exchange program on ethics for public administrators with Novgorod, Russia and a course in the Dominican Republic that became the model for the successful January term courses. Dr. Moakley also established a partnership with the Insituto de Filosophia where URI students may enroll in J term or semester-long courses in Havana, Cuba. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and is the author of several books, including “The Political Life of the American States,” “Party Alignment and State Politics” and “Rhode Island Politics and Government” (with Elmer Cornwell). Dr. Moakley regularly appears on Lively Experiment, a weekly talk show on RI politics and is Co-Director of the John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Service at URI.

Marcus P. Nevius, Ph.D.
Dr. Marcus P. Nevius is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island, with a joint appointment in Africana Studies. In 2016, he was conferred the Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. He has recently authored scholarly reviews for the Journal of African American History and H-Net Slavery Reviews. He has an article under review with the William and Mary Quarterly, the premier journal of early American history. His first book, titled “city of refuge”: Petit Marronage and Slave Economy in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1790-1860, is currently under contract with the University of Georgia Press, to be included in the press’s Race in the Atlantic World 1700-1900 series. In his time away from work he relaxes with his wife Jihan, with whom he enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and hanging out with their dog Chai.

Trustees Nominated for a 2nd Term of Three Years

Tim N. Burditt

Andrew M. Erickson, CPCU
Director and Senior Executive Vice President, Retired
Amica Mutual Insurance Company

George M. Goodwin, Ph.D.
Independent Historian

Barry G. Hittner, Esq.
Counselor at Law

Mary C. Speare