BI Historical Society Annual Meeting

BI Historical Society Annual Meeting

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 9th

Business Meeting: 5pm | Program / Slide Show: 5:30pm

Program: Curators Dr. Gerald Abbott and Pam Gasner to present a 75th Anniversary Exhibit | Overview 5:30PM

Reception to Follow: Wine and Snacks

Location: Historical Society lawn and tent (Rainy day location: Harbor Baptist Church)

Save the Date! The Block Island Historical Society will be holding our Annual Meeting at the Block Island Historical Society lawn and tent (Rainy day location: Harbor Baptist Church) on Saturday, September 9th (Business Meeting 5:00PM).

The Program “Rugged and Refined: Block Island’s History and Its Keepers” will be presented by Dr. Gerald F. Abbott, Past-President of the Block Island Historical Society and President of the Southeast Lighthouse Foundation (Program at 5:30PM).

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

Taste Of Block Island – “The Island’s Attic “

Taste Of Block Island – “The Island’s Attic “

 Taste Of Block Island – “The Island’s Attic”: interesting objects from the archives & special items celebrating the 75th anniversary.

Tours: Friday Sept 15th @ noon & 2 pm

Sat 11:00 & 1:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 pm

$10/person $5 children

Tour includes a free poster & postcard set.

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.
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 – blockislandhistorical.org

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. .

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.”