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Book Launch! Robert Geake, Colonial New England Curiosities
Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:30 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to All
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Meeting Room (3rd Floor)
Join us for the launch of Robert Geake’s new book:
Colonial New England Curiosities: Remarkable Occurrences, Miracles and Madness
The New World was full of unusual occurrences and strange trials for the early colonists of New England. Devastating plagues, violent conflicts with Native Americans and freak weather ravaged whole communities. When settlers saw an array of colors dancing through the night sky, they thought the Northern Lights were a sign that their end was near. Violators of public drunkenness were forced to wear large, red embroidered “D’s” around their necks for a year under the strict laws of the colonies. Through the letters, diaries and journals of influential figures of the time, historian Robert A. Geake uncovers the oddities and wonders that amazed New England’s pioneers.
About the Author
Robert A. Geake is a New England historian and author of seven previous books, including A History of the Narragansett Tribe: Keepers of the Bay, A History of the Providence River, The New England Mariner Tradition and Historic Rhode Island Farms, as well as other titles from The History Press.
He is an associate of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and an archivist and board member of the Warwick Historical Society. Mr. Geake also volunteers as a docent at Smith’s Castle on Cocumscussoc, near Wickford, Rhode Island, and serves on its committee for planning educational programs.
Book Sale & Signing to follow
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.