August 2013

Museum Day Live! Learn more about Rhode Island history for Free

Free museum passes to learn more about Rhode Island history!  Sponsored by the Smithsonian Museums, a number of Rhode Island museums are opening their doors for free, ticketed guests on September 28th.  All you have to do is go online and register and then show your ticket for admission.  

Museums include: 



Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

Fans of horror and suspense owe much to native Rhode Islander H.P. Lovecraft as his influence on the genre has been huge and only continues to grow.  If you don't already know about the Necronomicon happening this weekend in Providence, you must be hiding out. Even if you haven't purchased passes there are a number of events open to the public and it will be worth checking it out.


Now on Instagram!

Now follow the Rhode Island Collection on Instagram at rhodeislandcollection for cool photographs of items from our collection.  The account is updated several times a week and showcases interesting tidbits and images as I come across them while working with patrons, processing collections or just poking around.  


Historic Book Person of the Week #22-262: Everybody Else

For over a year now, we've been offering a regular series of portraits of members of the book trade. Today's post is a little different, because now we're giving you access to hundreds of images of printers, booksellers, bookbinders, etc. through a new online resource: The Updike Collection Book Trade Portraits Database (beta).