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

World War II Rhode Island

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.

 

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Kingston Village Fair Day
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Kingston Village Fair Day

In celebration of the annual Kingston Village Fair Day, the Center will be opening the first of three exhibits featuring images from the Allen Collection of glass plate negatives.  The Center will offer free admission and tours each half hour.

For information about all of the Kingston Village Fair offerings, be sure to check out our flier by clicking here!

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

The Commercialization of Taste: A History of Coffee

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.

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

Malt & Medicine: The American Soda Fountain

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.

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