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.”

Featured on Marketwatch.com

Featured on Marketwatch.com

Block Island hasn’t changed much in 30 years — and that’s a good thing

“And if you’re a history buff, a visit to the Block Island Historical Society is definitely worth it — you can learn of the island’s boom-and-bust past, from its days as a fashionable New England retreat (President Ulysses S. Grant once visited) to its lean post–World War II years. (Today, the island is enjoying an uptick in popularity — the summer population can swell to 20,000 on a busy day, though the winter population is a mere 1,000.)” Read the whole article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/block-island-hasnt-changed-much-in-30-years-thats-a-good-thing-2015-07-29