Author Presentation: Makers of Rhode Island by Patrick Conley

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st Floor)

Sun, 2013-03-24 14:00 - 15:30

Join us for a lesson in Rhode Island history!

 The Makers of Rhode Island

 A look at Rhode Island’s history from 1790 to 1860, featuring prominent Rhode Islanders, such as 

  • Samuel Slater, the so-called Father of the Factory System, who pioneered the making of modern Rhode Island;
  • Elizabeth Buffum Chace, founder of the Rhode Island Women’s Suffrage Association;
  •  Governor Thomas Wilson Dorr, leader of the Dorr Rebellion in 1841 - 1842.

This volume includes colorful biographical sketches of fifty-six influential Rhode Islanders who helped shape the state’s urban and industrial development into the modern Rhode Island of today.

 People, Places, Laws, and Lore of the Ocean State

 Forty-six essays on the People of Rhode Island, individuals as well as profiles of Rhode Island’s major immigrant groups. Places offers vignettes of neighborhoods, institutions, and historic homes and sites, particularly in Providence and Bristol. Laws looks at controversial or acclaimed statutes in Rhode Island’s  Constitution. Lore is a potpourri of short essays on such topics as the relationship of George Washington and John F. Kennedy with Rhode Island, slavery in the Ocean State, and the author’s long battle with the Providence Journal.

About the Author:  Patrick Conley, Rhode Island’s first  Historian Laureate, is a lawyer, professor, developer, Chair of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, president of the Heritage Harbor Museum, and chairman of the Rhode Island Senior Olympics.

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 Books available for sale and signing after Dr. Conley’s presentation; all proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Publications Society.

Discounted parking available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage, $3 for 3 hours.  Bring ticket to library for validation.

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