World War II Rhode Island
Jun
17
2:00 pm14:00

World War II Rhode Island

  • Kingston Free Library

Christian McBurney will give the first lecture on his new book World War II Rhode Island.  The state’s contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size.  They included the Northeast’s largest naval air station at Quonset Point (with key support at Charlestown); a special, top-secret German POW camp was based in Narragansett; and civilians, including for the first time many women, did their part by manufacturing military equipment and warships.  The talk will start with the scare of an enemy raid after Pearl Harbor and end with the war’s final German U-boat sunk off Point Judith.

Presented in partnership with the Kingston Free Library, this program is free and open to the public.

Photo: WAVES report to duty at the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, in a Quonset hut, July 24, 1945.

 

The Commercialization of Taste: A History of Coffee
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

The Commercialization of Taste: A History of Coffee

  • Kingston Free Library's Potter Hall

Join us as Jenna Teachout of the Newport Historical Society discusses the stimulating impact the introduction of coffee had on life in the American colonies, specifically Rhode Island, by examining social institutions and performances, trade goods, the crafting of material culture, the built environment and also various individuals.  

Presented in partnership with the Kingston Free Library, this program is free and open to the public.

This program is part of the Center's "Taverns, Teapots and Temperance: South County in a Cup" series, sponsored by Gates Insurance.

Malt & Medicine: The American Soda Fountain
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

Malt & Medicine: The American Soda Fountain

  • Green Line Apothecary

Explore the history of soda fountains and their important role in the evolution of pharmacies.  Owners of Green Line Apothecary will present their experience re-creating a modern version of the classic American drugstore on Main Street in Wakefield.

From 5 - 9 p.m., a portion of the soda fountain proceeds will be donated to the South County History Center.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

This program is part of the Center's "Taverns, Teapots and Temperance: South County in a Cup" series, sponsored by Gates Insurance.

Streets of SK: The Meanings Behind the Monikers
Mar
1
6:30 pm18:30

Streets of SK: The Meanings Behind the Monikers

  • Kingston Free Library

Ministerial, Kersey and Biscuit City?  Have you ever wondered how the streets of South Kingstown got their names?  Join us as we explore the backstories on some of the area’s uniquely-labeled lanes.

Presented in partnership with the Kingston Free Library, this program is free and open to the public.