RI Center for the Book's Annual Art of the Book Program: Rhode Island Broadsides Rule!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Rhode Island Historical Society Aldrich House
110 Benevolent Street
Providence, RI 02906

Sat, 2012-09-22 14:00 - 15:30

Save the Date: Rhode Island Broadsides Rule!

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2pm
Rhode Island Historical Society’s Aldrich House
110 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

Join us as we kick-off the Rhode Island Broadsides Rule! autumn programming!
Rhode Island Center for the Book's Art of the Book Program will present a talk on the history and importance of RI's broadside history. Broadsides are posters that serve as the tweets and town criers of their times, be it the 18th or 21st century. This program will showcase the highlights of Rhode Island Historical Society’s outstanding Broadside Collection, and explore the evolution of their styles and their social and political significance.

Phoebe Bean, MLS, Printed Collection Librarian, RIHS and President of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, will deliver the presentation. Excepts from the first broadside printed in Rhode Island are included in this newsletter. The Ardent desire, and sincere cry, of a true believer in Jesus Christ was printed by J. Franklin in Newport and is currently housed in the collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Hear more about this and other RI broadside history at the upcoming event!

UPCOMING: Accompanying exhibits of RI Broadsides will be hosted through September and October at libraries and institutions around the state! Additionally, AS220 will be hosting a workshop on making broadsides this October. Program details for these exciting events to follow. Partners include:

American Printing History Association
John Hay Library at Brown University
John Russell Bartlett Society
Newport Historical Society
Pettaquamscutt Historical Society
Providence Athenaeum
Providence Public Library
Rhode Island Center for the Book
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
Rhode Island Historical Society
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Special Collections at University of Rhode Island

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