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Friday, April 8
Explore Newport Tour
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Limited to 40 participants
Cost $35

Saturday, April 9
Behind the Scenes at the Rhode Island Historical Society

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Limited to 24 participants 
Cost: $35

Friday, April 8
Working Rhode Island: Slater Mill Museum and Museum of Work and Culture

12:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $35

Saturday, April 9
The American Antiquarian Society

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $35

Friday, April 8
John Hay Library: LGBTQ Archives

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Limited to 30 participants
Cost: $25

Saturday, April 9
Sunrise on the Riverwalk
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Limited to 20 participants
Cost: $8

Friday, April 8
Dining with History
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Limited to 20 participants
Cost: $15

 

 

Saturday, April 9
Contemporary and Historical Labor Tour and Trinity Brewhouse
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $30

*All tours times include travel time

Friday, April 8

Explore Newport Tour
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Limited to 40 participants
Cost $35

NewportBegin the day with a walking tour of this amazingly intact Colonial port city. While Newport is famous the world around for its Gilded Age Cottages, Newport's role in the colonial economy, as well as its position as an intellectual capital, are all on display in this remarkably preserved community. After a brief lunch break (lunch is not included), you will adjourn to the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The most lavish of all Bellevue residences, the Breakers offers a remarkable glimpse into the profound accumulation of wealth in the late 19th century.

 


 

Working Rhode Island: Slater Mill Museum and Museum of Work and Culture
12:00  pm - 3:45
Limited to 40 people
Cost: $35

Slater's Mill on the Blackstone River is known as the earliest, successful factory in the United States. Opened in 1793 to spin white cotton thread, Slater's Mill marked the entrance of the new country into an industrial economy. On the first part of this tour we will travel to Pawtucket, RI to explore the Old Slater Mill and to examine the industrial development of the region. We will then travel north to Woonsocket, RI in the heart of the Blackstone Valley. At the Museum of Work & Culture we will hear from experts in Rhode Island's industrial, immigration and labor history.

 

 


 

John Hay Library: LGBTQ Archives
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Limited to 30 people
Cost: $25

Tour of the John Hay Library and an introduction to the broad range of LBGTQ collections. The John Hay Library, the library for Special Collections at Brown University, has a sustained history of collecting LGBTQ materials including publications including a substantial collection of gay pulp fiction and the records of movement organizations and individuals such as the John Preston Papers, the Scott O'Hara Papers, and the On Our Backs Archive.

 


 

Dining with History
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Limited to 20 participants
Cost: $15

From the beginning, Providence has been a "food town." Native Americans taught Roger Williams and his followers how to farm, hunt and fish. Since the first horse-drawn lunch cart diners appeared downtown in the 19th century to the grandest gourmet dining experience across the city today, this walking tour serves up the delicious details of "dining with history." The walking tour begins at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of the original settlement and the first food planting and gathering area. The Brick Market House (1773-4) and the site of a large early 20th century Farmer's Market are also part of the tour. It is also possible to include a visit to the dining rooms and parlors of the 1788 John Brown House Museum to see 18th century table settings and to learn more about meals served in this elegant Providence mansion.
The tour will conclude at Bacaro Restaurant, Wine Bar, Salumeria where participants have the option for staying for dinner (price of tour does not include dinner).

 

 


Saturday, April 18 

Behind the Scenes at the Rhode Island Historical Society
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Limited to 24 people
Cost: $35

Doubtless, the state's and even the towns you are coming from have their own historical societies. Treasure troves of artifacts and archives, these institutions hold some of the best and most underutilized historical resources. On this tour you will get a behind the scenes tour at the RIHS's John Brown House Museum, home to one of RI's wealthiest merchants, who participated in the West Indies Trade, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and China Trade. Also, you will see the RIHS's Robinson Research Center to learn about their impressive collection, which includes 128,000 printed volumes, 6,000 rare pre-1825 books, 10,287 linear feet of manuscript collections, 110,208 photographic prints, and 9 million feet of motion picture film.

 



The American Antiquarian Society
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Limited to 40 participants 
Cost: $35

This tour will allow a behind-the-scenes look at the American Antiquarian Society, an independent research library of early American history and culture. Founded in 1812, the Society preserves and makes available for study, the printed record of what is now the United States from 1640, when the first printing press was established in British North America, through the year 1876, when the United States celebrated its centennial and new copyright laws dictated that one copy of everything printed in this country be sent to the Library of Congress. The AAS collections include some four million books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material, as well as manuscripts and a substantial collection of secondary works, bibliographies, and other reference works related to all aspects of American history and culture before the twentieth century. The Society's holdings of newspapers and imprints created before 1821 are considered the finest in the world. In addition to housing this invaluable collection, the Society offers a wide variety of public and scholarly programs for people of all ages. The tour will bring visitors through the Society's main library building, called Antiquarian Hall. Located in Worcester, MA, Antiquarian Hall includes over 25 miles of shelving, as well as a collection of antique furniture, portraits, and ceramics, along with an eighteenth-century printing press.


Sunrise on the Riverwalk
8:00 am - 9:00 am 
Limited to 20 participants
Cost: $8

Early risers can begin the day with a sunrise walk that offers a chance to see the play off early morning light on the city's 18th and 19th century waterfront buildings. Typically, this walk is 45 minutes long, begins at the Convention Center, at the Visitor Information area (first floor), and proposes a little history and a little exercise before the day begins.

 

 

 


Contemporary and Historical Labor Tour and Trinity Brewhouse

Sponsored by the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA)
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Limited to 40 participants
Cost: $30

This walking tour will visit some of the historical and more recent sites of labor activism in downtown Providence. The tour, lasting about an hour, will end at Trinity Brewhouse, home of Trinity IPA. Cost includes one beer/wine ticket, snacks/appetizers, and a donation to Rhode Island Jobs with Justice.

LAWCHA is able to subsidize the lunch tickets for graduate students on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Tom Klug at tklug@marygrove.edu for further information