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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 WallerJoseph (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.
45th Annual House & Garden Tour 2017
House Tour scheduled for August 17, 2017 needs volunteers. Please contact Chairs: Kristine Monje or Shirlyne Gobern 466-2481
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
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. .
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.