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Due to construction, NHS Headquarters will be closed through summer 2015. In the meantime, many of our collections are accessible through our online collections catalog, Gladys.

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History needs a greater role in our schools

By Ruth S. Taylor and C. Morgan Grefe

Every day, we at the Rhode Island Historical Society and Newport Historical Society work to further the study of history in our state. The recent columns by Roger L. Beckett and Whitt Flora, featured in the Pro/Con on March 27 (“Should

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History Bytes: Elizabeth Pabodie

According to a monument in the Little Compton Commons Cemetery, Elizabeth Alden is believed to be the first white woman born in New England. Born in Plymouth, MA in 1624 or 1625 to Mayflower passengers John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, she married William Pabodie in 1644 and settled

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History Bytes: Honora Pyne

One of the oldest gravestones in St. Joseph’s Catholic churchyard on Barney Street was made for Honora Pyne (1765-1835), an Irish immigrant from Charleston, SC. The daughter of O’Brien and Margaret Smith, she was born in Tavistock, Ireland. She and her husband John Pyne emigrated to Charleston in 1808 and

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