Cemetery Tour – “Eternal Poetry: The Art of Gravestone Inscription”

Cemetery Tour – “Eternal Poetry: The Art of Gravestone Inscription”

The Block Island Historical Society Cemetery Tour

“Eternal Poetry: The Art of Gravestone Inscription”

With Stone Carver Karin Sprague

Karin Sprague, stone carver & Executive Director, Pam Gasner

Cemetery Tour:

Thursday August 24th, 2017. 6:30pm

$15 Adults. Members $10. Child $5.

Event Location: 

Meet at the north gate of the Island Cemetery Off West Side Road across from Ball O’Brien Park

Address: 

Island Cemetery, Block Island,  Rhode Island  02807

Contact Info: 

(401) 466-2481

blockhistory@me.com

Tours also available by appointment weekly from June – Oct. @ the Island Cemetery off West Side Road

The custom tour costs $15 per person summer scheduled tours. $50 -$100 group tours

EVENT DESCRIPTION

If you like exploring history and mystery in a beautiful setting, don’t miss the Island Cemetery Tour led by Pam Gasner, Executive Director during the summer season by appointment and in the fall together with Karin Sprague, Rhode Island stone carver (Thursday August 24th, 2017 6:30pm). Set high on a hill at the corner of West Side Road and Center Road, the cemetery offers stunning views of the island, the ocean and the Great Salt Pond.

Highlights of the tour on “Eternal Poetry: The Art of Gravestone Inscription”  include exploring the symbolism, inscription, and sculpture of stone memorials. Executive Director, Pam Gasner brings her knowledge of the Island’s history and Karin Sprague, her unique understanding of New England gravestone art and stone carving techniques.

Other Cemetery Tours will be scheduled during the season – look for postings.

45th Annual House & Garden Tour

45th Annual House & Garden Tour

45th Annual House & Garden Tour 2017

45th Annual House & Garden Tour – Aug. 17, 2017, Thursday 10 -2 pm.

Featuring 7 homes & gardens along Spring Street. Tickets available:
$40 Adults; Members & Students $35; Pre-sale: $30 through 7/17/17

We need volunteers. Please contact Chairs: Kristine Monje or Shirlyne Gobern 466-2481

BI Historical Society Annual Meeting

BI Historical Society Annual Meeting

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 9th, 11am Business Meeting & Brunch

Program: Curators Dr. Gerald Abbott and Pam Gasner to present a 75th Anniversary Exhibit Overview 11:30AM

Location: TBA

Save the Date!

The Block Island Historical Society will be holding our Annual Meeting at the St. Andrews Parish Center on Spring Street  on Saturday, September 9th (Business Meeting 11:00 AM).

Come hear about the season, and programs for the future.

We look forward to welcoming current members as well as anyone interested in the history of the island.

Public welcome

New Perspectives on the History and Archaeology of Block Island

New Perspectives on the History and Archaeology of Block Island

New Perspectives on the History and Archeology of Block Island

Block Island Archaeology Day, October 2017 – date to be announced

Location Block Island Historical Society Museum

Last year’s weekend event is in the planning stages for a Saturday in October 2017 for a Block Island Archaeology panel discussion with Kevin McBride, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut; Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr, Senior Archaeologist with The Public Laboratory, Inc (PAL); Tim Ives, Principle Archaeologist from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

Visit Block Island for the day to learn about the archaeological heritage of the Manisseans, the island’s original Native American residents, who have made their livings for thousands of years in this unique homeland.  

Based at the Block Island Historical Society, this event features lectures by Joseph Waller of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. and Kevin McBride of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and will include a stone tool making demonstration by Timothy Ives of the RIHPHC. 

View a poster by University of Connecticut graduate student, Dawn Beamer about southern Rhode Island’s cultural landscape, and enjoy a brand new exhibit display in the West Gallery. 

This event is sponsored by the Block Island Historical Society, the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

For info relating to current archaeology digs or surveys Contact: jwaller@palinc.com or 401-288-6311

The Museum is open weekends in the spring and fall 11-4 and weekdays by appointment.

Call (401) 466-2481 or email blockislandhistory@gmail.com for more information.

Archaeology Panel

Dr. Timothy Ives
As the Principal Archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, Tim directs a program to identify, document, preserve, and interpret Rhode Island’s archaeological record.
Jay Waller
Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr. is a Senior Archaeologist with The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL). Mr. Waller has over 20 years of experience in archaeological survey and historic preservation planning and has been involved in more than 65 archaeological projects in southern and coastal Rhode Island. His specialties include Native American archaeology and historical cemeteries.
Dr. Kevin McBride
Dr. McBride is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and the Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. He has conducted archaeological and historical research in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Block Island as well as Baja Mexico, the Caribbean and Portugal. His research interests include Cultural and Historical Landscapes, Maritime Adaptations, Historical Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, and Battlefield Archaeology.Dr. McBride is a member of the Society for American Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Historic Archaeology and Society for American Ethnohistory and is Adjunct Faculty of the Institute for Exploration. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Museum of Natural History and of the Governor's Task Force on Indian Affairs. He has written numerous articles on Native American and Colonial archaeology, ethnohistory, archaeobotany, underwater archaeology, and Battlefield Archaeology.