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Providence 375 Exhibit Opening Reception & Lecture by Mack Woodward - The City that Roger Built: Images of Providence Architecture

Thursday, May 19, 2011

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

Reception: 6:30pm
Lecture: 7:00pm

Providence 375 Celebration at Providence Public Library

The City that Roger Built: Images of Providence Architecture  - Join us for an opening reception and talk with historian Mack Woodward. Materials from the Library's collections, including the Rhode Island Collection, will be on display in our 3rd floor Special Collections exhibit area.

William McKenzie (Mack) Woodward
A native Texan, Woodward is a graduate of Washington & Lee and Brown Universities. He has worked since 1976 as architectural historian for the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. His publications for the Commission include Downtown Providence (1980), Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources (1986), Historic and Architectural Resources of Little Compton, Rhode Island (1990), Historic and Architectural Resources of Block Island, Rhode Island (1991), and Historic Landscapes of Rhode Island (2001). 

Woodward served as contributor and editor for Buildings on Paper:  Rhode Island Architectural Drawings, 1825-1945 (1982) and as Contributing Editor of William Jordy’s Buildings of Rhode Island (2004).  He is also the author of Swan Point Cemetery: An Historical Walking Tour (2002) and Guide to Providence Architecture (2003), the latter published by the Providence Preservation Society and Rhode Island Chapter, AIA.  He lectures extensively on both urban and rural topics throughout southern New England, and his work has been nationally recognized by awards from the American Association for State and Local History and the Society of Architectural Historians.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

July – August Exhibit

July 21 Lecture, 6:30 - 8 pm, Barnard Room: Saving (Type)Face: Printers of Providence Phoebe S. Bean and Jordan Goffin

Please join us for an opening reception and talk on Providence's historic printers and booksellers.  Colonial printing expert and RIHS Printed Collection Librarian Phoebe S. Bean and PPL Special Collections Librarian Jordan Goffin will discuss the birth of the Providence book trade, tracing the life of an eighteenth-century book from the print shop to an interested reader.

Materials from the Library's Daniel Berkeley Updike History of Printing Collection will be on display in our 3rd floor Special Collections exhibit area.

August 16 Lecture, 6:30 - 8 pm, Barnard Room: Sidney S. Rider of Providence - Bookman -  Russell DeSimone
Please join us for an opening reception and talk on Providence's historic printers. Materials from the Library's Daniel Berkeley Updike History of Printing Collection will be on display in our 3rd floor Special Collections exhibit area. In his talk, independent scholar Russell DeSimone will explore the life and works of this fascinating bookman. Sidney S. Rider is best known today as a Providence bookseller, conceivably Rhode Island’s best known 19th century bookseller; but Rider was more than just a bookseller; he was an author, publisher, historian and antiquarian/collector of material about Rhode Island’s rich history.

September – October Exhibit

Saturday, September 17 Lecture, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Barnard Room -- Size Matters: The Corliss Steam Engine and the Industrial Ingenuity of Providence Lecture by Richard Greenwood
Please join us for an opening reception and opening talk –speaker TBA to discover why Providence was once nicknamed “The Beehive of Industry.” Materials from the Library's collections, including historic photographs of the Corliss Steam Engine from the Rhode Island Collection, will be on display in our 3rd floor Special Collections exhibit area.

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