Arts and Crafts Guild Fairs

Arts and Crafts Guild Fairs

Local Arts and Crafts Guild Fair on the lawn

July 3rd ( Mon.) July 23rd ( Sun.)August 6th & 20th (Sundays)

from 9 – 2 pm. Sept. 17 (Sun) “Taste of BI” weekend and October 7th (Saturday with the Farmers Market) from 9 – 2pm

Arts & Crafts Guild Fair on Historical Society lawn – Special programs on the Porch with Sale of Captain Bob drawings and framed vintage photographs

75th Anniversary Exhibit  ‘Surrounded by Sea’ – July 1st – Dec 1st, 2017

75th Anniversary Exhibit ‘Surrounded by Sea’ – July 1st – Dec 1st, 2017

Coming to the Block Island Historical Society:

75th Anniversary Exhibit

‘Surrounded by Sea ’

Exhibit highlights the past 75 years of Collecting & Sharing Block Island History;4 updated rooms on display July1- Dec 1, 2017 at The Block Island Historical Society Museum

Block Island, RI (May 15, 2017)– The Block Island Historical Society is celebrating 75 years of educational programs and exhibits to the Rhode Island Community.

To celebrate, “Surrounded by Sea: 75 years of Collecting & Sharing Block Island History,” an updated exhibit will be on display from July 1 – Dec. 1st, 2017 at the Block Island Historical Society.


The 75th Anniversary exhibit was a team effort created by Executive Director/Curator, Pam Gasner and Board member/Special Exhibits Curator, Dr. Gerald Abbott with installation assistance by past Administrator and Executive Director of the Southeast Lighthouse Foundation, Lisa Nolan and long time member and friend of the Society, Rick Forman. The exhibit features historical artifacts and images from the permanent collection which was acquired in 1942. Four rooms highlight significant events and changes to the island over the years. Each display panel depicts memorable residents and newly digitized photographs of historic views long forgotten while promoting the importance of understanding the progression of history of one of the earliest maritime cultures and how it adapted to the heyday of the Victorian era while still keeping historic preservation as an island goal and ideal to the present day.

“We are excited to bring an overview of the past 30 years of exhibits curated by Dr. Abbott to the newly restored exhibit rooms,” said Pam Littlefield Gasner, Executive Director, of the Block Island Historical Society. “The Society has been an active part of the community for 75 years and we look forward to highlighting our history at the Block Island Historical Society.” We welcome new members and visitors to view the exhibits as well as the Museum Shop.

The Board of Directors of the Block Island Historical Society are pleased to announce this special exhibit and invites the public to our Opening Reception on July 1st from 5 – 8 pm.

Along with the 75th anniversary exhibit panels and display cases we will display highlights from  last year’s Archaeological exhibit curated by Kevin McBride and the staff from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Artifacts dating from 2000 – 4000 years old found in shell middens and sites of  the indigenous inhabitants of the Manisseans as well as other interesting displays relating to the history of Block Island that are in the permanent collection will be on display. The 75th Anniversary Special exhibit will be located in the two front rooms on the first floor of the museum and the two rooms at the top of the stairs on the second floor.”

The Special exhibit will be on display July 1st through Labor Day and weekends through Columbus Day with a special closing party in November.

Block Island Historical Society

18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807 –

Open daily 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Admission $6.00 adults; $4.00 senior/students & military; children free; info: 401 – 466 – 2481


The Block Island Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its educational mission. .

Walking Tours & Art Night at the Museum

Walking Tours & Art Night at the Museum

Walking Tours & Art Night at the Museum

Every Thursday Evening 6 – 9pm – Dodge Street Stroll

Get Ready for one of Block Islands newest additions to the summer season! The Block Island Art Trail Map is available around Town highlighting current gallery shows and exhibits. This season there will be  a special Art Trail Night event and the Dodge Street Shopping Strolls on Thursday evenings.

Every Thursday evening in July and August shops will be open along Dodge street ending at the Historical Society at Bridgegate Square on the corner of Dodge and Old Town Road and will offer sales and special events.

All participating members of the Art Trail Map will be displaying a poster to remind everyone that the Art Trail Night and the Thursday Night Shopping Stroll is on its way.

Last season the participating galleries were — Spring Street Gallery, Jessie Edwards Gallery, Greenaway Gallery, Block Island Blue Pottery, The Historical Society, Dunn Town Studios, the revolving artists at the Block Island Airport and the private studios of Marilyn Bogdanffy, Sean and Leslie Hartnett and Ben Wohlberg —  Stay tuned for the schedule this year as many galleries will be offering special classes or demonstrations specifically on Thursday Art Nights.

 **Thursdays in July & August

10 am Walking Tour of Old Harbor with guide: Sean Kunic

Art Trail Night & Dodge Street Stroll with Scavenger Hunts at the museum – August 3rd & 10th from 6 – 8 pm

Art Night  at the museum with Special Programs on the Porch

 Aug 24 & 31 from 6 – 8 pm

Please come stroll and enjoy learning more about the creative side of Block Island!

Keep and ear and eye out for additional featured stops that will join in to offer a special experience for evening participants.

“Surrounded by Sea” 75th Anniversary Exhibit

“Surrounded by Sea” 75th Anniversary Exhibit

“Surrounded by Sea: 75 years of Collecting and Sharing”

July 1st – December 1st, 2017


Special Summer Exhibit highlights the history of the founding of the Society and the rich maritime culture of the island.

2017 Summer Exhibit Description

This year’s Special  Exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea”   is located in four newly updated rooms in the museum. Admission to the Historical Society is  $6 per person; Members and Children free. Student and Senior rate: $4.00 . Come meet our staff, Board of Directors and tour our unique collections.

Initiated from a collaboration of the Block Island Historical Society Directors and staff, the exhibit rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors have been remodeled to exhibit objects from the archives as well as newly donated collections from the community at large that showcase historic maps, postcards, ledgers, scrapbooks and other memorabilia that give you a peek into daily life and industry on the Island over the past 500 years.

One of the most intriguing items is an actual swordfish bill engraved with images of Southeast Lighthouse, oxcarts and other scenes of island life. Original artwork is on display in the Museum Shop & Gallery featuring images of “Lost Block Island” by C. Sperry Andrews and vintage photographs from a family’s visit in 1913, black & white original photographs by RI photographer Carmel Vitullo from the 1960’s, Drawings by local artist, the late Capt. Bob. A special print will be available by the artist Victor May showing a double ender landing on the beach at Pole Harobor in the 17th centery. Posters by local artists and special edition t-shirts are also available.

Special guided Tours of historic sites and cemeteries around the island are available upon request. Special fees apply.


Historical Society Fall Open House

Historical Society Fall Open House

  Historical Society Fall Open House

Saturday,November 25th 5:00 pm

“All are welcome to visit the Block Island Historical Society Museum for an evening of family fun on the porch and in the gallery shop of our historic Woonsocket House Museum building.

During our Thanksgiving Open House the museum’s 75th anniversary exhibits will be open and the staff and Board of Directors will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the island’s history and the museum’s collection. All proceeds go to the Society’s ongoing efforts to maintain the Society’s headquarters. Come support us while enjoying yourself and meeting members of the community.”