Have you or your ancestors survived a Rhode Island hurricane, blizzard, flood or other natural or man-made disaster?
The South County History Center
needs your help!
As part of the Center’s yearlong look at Rhode Island’s most memorable disasters, we are inviting you to submit your family photographs and written recollections documenting these events. Materials will be added to the Center’s collection, and may be used during the series! To participate, email your digital photograph, written recollection or other material to email@example.com or contact our team at 401.783.1328 to schedule a digitization appointment.
Aftermath of Hurricane Carol, September 1954
91 Shore Acres Ave., North Kingstown
Karen Anne Kolling , who recently donated this image to the Center's collection, noted, "Everybody was alive; I guess that's why they're smiling."
(L-R Ethel Kilguss; Fred Kolling, Jr.; Paul Kilguss; and Fred Kolling III. )
Disasters have tested the fortitude and perseverance of Rhode Islanders for centuries. Whether naturally-occurring (such as the 1938 Hurricane and the Blizzard of '78) or human-made (including Narragansett's Great Fire of 1900), these events have had a profound and lasting impact throughout the state.
The Center is pleased to announce its 2018 program and exhibit series, "Resilient Rhode Island: Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State." All programs and exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, thanks to generous funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Upcoming events can be found on the next page, and the series' fall calendar will be announced soon.
Resilient Rhode Island:
Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State
Center Announces 2018 Program and Exhibit Series
Destruction of College Hall,
RI College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (Now University of Rhode Island),
January 27, 1895
Galilee during Hurricane Carol (Gift of the Wilking Studio)
The series "Resilient Rhode Island: Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State" is made possible through
major funding support from the
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and
community engagement by and for
all Rhode Islanders.
Archival Collection Finding Aids
Now Available at
Thanks to the dedicated work of Center interns, volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that new finding aids are now available at southcountyhistorycenter.org.
Finding aids help amateur and professional researchers locate and analyze relevant content by providing in-depth information on specific collections within the Center's archive. These research tools provide historical context and a detailed overview for primary source collections. Each finding aid at the Center includes a content list of materials within the collection, information on the history of the collection and guidance on how to use the materials, including how to cite the collection.
Finding aids now available include:
The Potter Collection
Contains materials related to the local community and criminal justice system as well as correspondence (pictured above) between naval surgeon Thomas Mawney Potter and his siblings.
The Hull Collection
Primarily includes court, jail and other local government documents.
Tavern Hall Club Collection
Contains Club records from its 1911 inception until its dissolution in 2004, including annual records, ledgers and meeting minutes.
All of the Center's finding aids are now available at southcountyhistorycenter.org.
Contact us for more information and to schedule your next research visit!
Upcoming Public Program:
Finding the Revenge and Other Naval Disasters
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
The Towers (35 Ocean Road, Narragansett)
Some 3,000 shipwrecks have been documented off Rhode Island's coastline. Local divers Charles C. Buffum, Jr. and Craig Harger will be discussing some of these notable local shipwrecks, including the wreck of Oliver Hazard Perry's 1811 naval schooner the U.S.S. Revenge, which they discovered in 2011.
At this event, the Center also will present a pop-up exhibit exploring the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Operating under the unofficial motto, "You have to go out; you don't have to come back," Rhode Island's Life-Saving Service crews gave emergency assistance year-round, saving countless lives.
This program is presented in partnership with the
Narragansett Historical Society and The Towers.
Exhibit Now oPEN:
Resilient Rhode Island:
Disasters & Determination
in the Ocean State
Through December 2018
At the Old Jail
Shipwrecks! Fires! Hurricanes! Resilient Rhode Islanders have persevered through numerous natural and man-made disasters.
Visit this temporary exhibit at the Center to examine photographs, documents and artifacts related to some of these catastrophes.
We hope you'll support the Center's "History in Focus" campaign by spreading the word about these exciting projects, assisting with photo recognition online and at the Old Jail and making a contribution to help reach our goal and save South County's history!
Gifts can be made to the campaign by mail, online or in person. You may choose to further designate your gifts specifically to the Archive Room Expansion,
Kenneth T. Mars, Jr. Photograph Collection or Allen Collection.
Gifts to the "History in Focus" campaign will be recognized online, and donors who give $100 or more also will be recognized on signage at the Old Jail.
Please visit SouthCountyHistoryCenter.org/historyinfocus or contact Erica Luke at 401.783.1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Center is pleased to announce that, thanks to generous community support, we have accepted the Kenneth T. Mars, Jr. Photograph Collection. Given as a donation, the Mars Collection contains more than 25,000 photographs documenting life in South County.
Kenneth T. Mars, Jr. was a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, an inductee into the University of Rhode Island Lifetime Service Society and an usher at the Peace Dale First Church of God. For more than forty years, Ken walked the streets of South Kingstown photographing everything he saw. He touched the lives of many throughout our community prior to his passing in 2011, and the Center is honored to preserve his legacy through this most unique collection.
In August 2017, the Center announced the "History in Focus" campaign with the goal of raising $45,000 to support many critical projects, including the preservation of the Mars and Allen Collections and the expansion of the Center's archival storage space. To date, more than $15,000 has been donated toward the campaign, allowing the Center to accept the Mars Collection and begin remodeling a new storage room to house the increasing number of archival materials preserved at the Old Jail.
The Center would like to express its deep appreciation to those who have donated to the campaign to date, including the Heritage Harbor Foundation, The Mary LeMoine Potter Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, Historic New England and numerous generous community members. Please visit our website for a complete list of campaign donors.
The campaign will continue through 2018 to raise funds for the completion of these critical archival projects, including the preservation and digitization of the Mars Collection. We will be announcing opportunities for the public to view portions of the Mars Collection soon, and both "History in Focus" campaign donors and South County History Center members will have special access to preview the collection.
The Mars Collection Has Arrived!
HISTory In Focus Campaign Update
© Photographer Name
The photos included in this article are part of
the Kenneth T. Mars, Jr. Photograph Collection, Now at the South COunty History Center.
you can Help save South County's history!
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE
SOUTH COUNTY HISTORY CENTER
Summer 2018 Hours
June 1 - June 19: Closed to the Public
June 20 - August 31: The Center's Museum, Archive and Library will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Museum tour offerings may be limited due to special projects. Research appointments recommended. Please check our website for updates.
Admission is $8 for adults and
$6 for students (K-college).
Active duty military families and
law enforcement and correctional officers
receive free admission.
SOUTH COUNTY HISTORY CENTER
at the OLD WASHINGTON COUNTY JAlL
2636 Kingstown Road
Kingston, RI 02881
PERMIT NO. 128
Do you have boxes of family photographs, letters and scrapbooks waiting to be preserved but don't know where to start? We can help!
The Center offers archival processing services to help individuals, families and organizations better manage and care for their historical materials. Projects are tailored to meet your needs and budget, and all work is completed by the Center's professional staff.
One recently-completed project focused on preserving the institutional records and ephemera of the former Tavern Hall Club. The collection, seen here, has been fully processed so that it will be preserved for future generations. The Club's successor, the Tavern Hall Preservation Society, has donated these records to the Center's archival collection, and they are now available to researchers.
If you would like to learn more about how the Center can help preserve your family's legacy, please contact us at 401.783.1328 or email@example.com.
2636 Kingstown Road
Kingston, RI 02881
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