Documentary Screening & Lecture: The Dorr Rebellion, March 19 at PPL

Providence Public Library is pleased to welcome Dorr Rebellion scholar Russell DeSimone for a presentation of a new documentary film on the Dorr Rebellion followed by a lecture on the subject on Monday, March 19 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm, 150 Empire Street (3rd Floor Meeting Room).

Led by Providence reformer Thomas W. Dorr in 1842, the rebellion was an unsuccessful attempt at constitutional reform and expanded voting rights and although it took place in Rhode Island, it had a national impact. Join us and Russell DeSimone for this fresh look at a moment in Rhode Island history which illuminated aspects of race, gender, slavery, immigration and reform for our entire nation.

A bibliophile and independent scholar, DeSimone 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 co-wrote the text for the documentary film The Dorr Rebellion.

A native Rhode Islander, he has been a lifelong student of the state’s 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.”

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage, $3/3 hours.  Bring your ticket with you for validation.