Gone But Not Forgotten: Death & Mourning in the Victorian Era
Sep
30
2:00pm 2:00pm

Gone But Not Forgotten: Death & Mourning in the Victorian Era

NEW LOCATION: Kingston Free Library's Potter Hall

Have you ever wondered why black is worn to a funeral, or why the deceased is surrounded by flowers?  Where did the terms "saved by the bell" and "graveyard shift" come from?  Did people really take pictures of the dead?  Kathy Hartley, president of Friends of Hearthside, will lead a look back to the Victorian Era for answers to any questions about death customs and rituals.

This program is presented as part of the Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning and Memorials."  The series is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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Lanterns & Legends Tours
Oct
20
to Oct 28

Lanterns & Legends Tours

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Back by popular demand, the South County History Center's Lanterns & Legends Tours at the Old Washington County Jail are returning this October!

Tour-goers will learn about some of South County's creepiest history, including brazen murders, gruesome executions and supposed vampires.  The tour highlights grim artifacts from the Center's collection that are not usually on display.

Tours will be offered on October 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Center members and students (including college).  Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.  Space is limited, and tours quickly sell out each year.  

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Ground-Penetrating Radar Demonstration & Gravestone Iconography
Oct
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Ground-Penetrating Radar Demonstration & Gravestone Iconography

Technological advances, including ground-penetrating radar, are making it possible for archaeologists to learn about important sites without disturbing the ground.  Salve Regina's Dr. Jon Marcoux will be conducting a demonstration with cutting-edge equipment, and Center representatives will be on hand to discuss the cemetery's headstones and Tower Hill's history.

The demonstration will take place from 1-3 p.m., and attendees can visit the site at any time within that period.  Parking is available at All Outdoors (4060 Tower Hill Road, South Kingstown).  In case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be postponed until Sunday, October 22, from 1 - 3 p.m.

This program is presented in partnership with the Kingston Congregational Church.

This program is presented as part of the Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning and Memorials."  The series is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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What Lies Beneath: A Look Below Rhode Island's Historical Burial Grounds
Oct
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

What Lies Beneath: A Look Below Rhode Island's Historical Burial Grounds

Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr., Senior Archaeologist at The Public Archaeology Laboratory, will discuss the unseen world lying beneath the slate and marble gravestones of our historic burying places.  Drawing from archaeological projects in Rhode Island, he will discuss nineteenth century burial practices and provide examples of common artifacts recovered from historic graves. He also will highlight a recent project in which archaeologists, with private landowner support, identified and relocated internments from a formerly "lost" historic burial ground.

This program is offered in partnership with the Kingston Free Library.

 This program is presented as part of the Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning and Memorials."  The series is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution
Dec
2
3:00pm 3:00pm

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution

Local historian Bob Geake and Tomaquag Museum director Lorén Spears will share the important story, documented in their recent book, of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolutionary War, a regiment composed of indentured servants, Narragansett people and formerly enslaved people.

This program is offered as part of "Holiday in Kingston Village," a community-wide event.  On Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., the Center will offer free tours of the Jail each half-hour, along with special sales in the gift shop.

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Unfortunate Ends
Sep
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

Unfortunate Ends

Local historian Bob Geake will discuss the evolution of the obituary in local papers and reveal how those death notices reflected the day-to-day dangers that people faced in early Rhode Island as well as the eccentric and unusual obituaries that found their way into print.

This program is presented as part of the Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning and Memorials."  The series is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

 

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Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street Tours
Sep
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street Tours

The Center is partnering with Preserve Wakefield to offer guided walking historical walking tours of downtown Wakefield.  The tours are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. 

“Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street” tours will focus on the village’s development, from its roots as a small mill village through its growth into South Kingstown’s main commercial district.  Sites to be discussed include the former Kenyon’s Department Store, the Wakefield Branch Company (now Arnold Lumber) and the Bell Block.  Tour attendees also will have the opportunity to view 1948 footage of downtown Wakefield recently acquired by the South County History Center.

There will be two tours offered at 6:30 p.m., and those tours will be repeated at 7:15 p.m.  Each tour will depart from the Wakefield Comfort Station (305 Main Street, Wakefield) and will last approximately 35 minutes.  Tours will be led by Preserve Wakefield’s W. Murray Gates, IV, and the South County History Center’s Erica Luke, and each tour will cover approximately a half-mile distance round trip. 

In case of inclement weather, the tours will be postponed until Thursday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit either Preserve Wakefield or the South County History Center’s website for updates.

Photo: Wakefield’s Main Street, 1904, South County History Center collection. 

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