Celebrate Providence’s 375 Years at Providence Public Library

Library to present a series of Exhibits and Lectures

In participation with upcoming Celebrate Providence 375 Years city-wide activities, Providence Public Library is proud to present a series of exhibits and lectures beginning Thursday, May 19 and continuing through October. The Library’s schedule and guest lecturers follows:

Thursday, MAY 19 -- The City that Roger Built: Images of Providence Architecture
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture - Barnard Room (3rd floor)

Exhibit & Lecture by Mack Woodward
Join us for an opening reception and talk with Rhode Island 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.

(Exhibit will be up through mid-July)

Lecture by William McKenzie (Mack) Woodward
A native Texan, Mack 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.

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Thursday, JULY 21 -- Saving (Type) Face: Printers and Booksellers of Providence
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture - Barnard Room (3rd floor)

Exhibit & Lecture by Phoebe S. Bean and Jordan Goffin
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 path of an 18th-century book from the print shop to the home of an interested reader. Materials from PPL’s Daniel Berkeley Updike History of Printing Collection will be on display in our 3rd floor Special Collections exhibit area. (Exhibit will be up through mid-August)

Lecture by Phoebe S. Bean and Jordan Goffin

Phoebe S. Bean is a 10th generation Yankee and a noted expert on the colonial printing history of Rhode Island and book culture of New England. Ms. Bean worked as a research analyst for companies including Jupiter Communications and NASA before receiving her Masters of Library & Information Science in 2003 from the University of Rhode Island. Since 2004 she has been the Printed Collection Librarian at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library in Providence, responsible for preservation, cataloging and management of the extensive collection of early Rhode Island imprints, broadsides and rare books.

She is a member of the American Printing History Association and New England Archivists; and serves on the boards of the Rhode Island Library Association, R.I. Center for the Book, and the Friends of the Brown Library. Ms. Bean is a certified master craftsman in traditional hand bookbinding, having studied with Daniel Knowlton of Bristol, R.I.

Jordan Goffin is the Special Collections Librarian of Providence Public Library. He has also held special collections positions at the University of Montana in Missoula and the Rhode Island Historical Society, where he created an online atlas of the Rhode Island book trade.

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Thursday, AUGUST 18 -- Sidney S. Rider of Providence - Bookman
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture - Barnard Room
Exhibit & Lecture by Russell DeSimone

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.

(Exhibit will be up through mid-September)

Lecture by Russell DeSimone

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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Saturday, SEPTEMBER 17 -- Size Matters: The Corliss Steam Engine and the Industrial Ingenuity of Providence
2:00 pm Reception, 2:30 pm Lecture - Barnard Room (3rd floor)

Exhibit & Lecture by Richard Greenwood
Join us for an opening reception and talk with historian Richard Greenwood 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. (Exhibit will be up through October)

Exhibit & Lecture with Richard Greenwood

Richard Greenwood, Ph.D, is the Deputy Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. Trained as an archaeologist as well as an historian, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the American landscape and the cultural forces that have shaped it. Richard has focused on the intersections of social, economic, and technological forces in Rhode Island history, and his research interests include: mill villages and the industrial revolution; the Blackstone Canal and the transportation revolution; and the evolution of the Rhode Island dairy farm.   

 
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