Providence 375 Exhibit, Reception & Lecture by Russell DeSimone: Sidney S. Rider of Providence - Bookman

Thursday, August 18, 2011

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2011-08-18 18:30 - 20:00

Reception: 6:30 pm

7:00 pm - Lecture by Russell DeSimoneSidney S. Rider of Providence - Bookman

Exhibit through mid-September

Join us for a reception and historical talk. 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. Additionally through his own publications Rider took on corrupt politicians and the corporate monopolies they formed at public expense.

About the Presenter

Russell J. DeSimone is a bibliophile and independent scholar. He is the compiler of Broadsides of the Dorr Rebellion (1992), and author of The Dorr Rebellion Chronicled in Ballads and Poetry (1993), A Survey of Nineteenth Century Rhode Island Billheads (2002), Rhode Island Election Tickets: a Survey (2007), Rhode Island’s Rebellion (2009) and recently wrote the introduction to A History of Rhode Island Lotteries by John Russell Bartlett. As a native Rhode Islander he has been a lifelong student of its history. He is now retired from both the defense industry and as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island library where he curated numerous exhibitions drawn mainly from his collections including “A Survey of 19th Century Rhode Island Billheads,” “Rhode Island Lotteries – Three Centuries of History,” “Voting and the Spirit of Democracy,” “Picturesque Rhode Island” and in 2005 “Thomas Wilson Dorr – A Bicentennial Birthday Tribute.”

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