history http://ripr.org en Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past http://ripr.org/post/newport-historical-society-investing-citys-revolutionary-past <p>The Newport Historical Society is working to attract more visitors by drawing more attention to the city’s revolutionary history. Historical Society director Ruth Taylor says they plan to revamp the historic Wanton-Lymon-Hazard house into a museum that brings Newport’s role in the American Revolution to life. Right now, said Taylor, places like Boston and Concord corner the revolutionary tourist market.</p><p></p><p>“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:33:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33435 at http://ripr.org Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/statue-revolutionary-thomas-dorr-unveiled-statehouse <p>State officials unveiled a lifelike statue Tuesday of one of the most important figures in Rhode Island history.</p><p></p><p>The statue of Thomas Dorr was celebrated during an afternoon ceremony outside the Senate chamber at the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p>State historian Patrick Conley calls Dorr the second most significant figure, after Roger Williams, in Rhode Island history.</p><p></p><p>Dorr led a rebellion in the early 1840s that led to expanded voting rights. Before the so-called Dorr Rebellion, only property owners were able to vote.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:57:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 27376 at http://ripr.org Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse Uncovering The Secrets Of A Historic Providence Cemetery http://ripr.org/post/uncovering-secrets-historic-providence-cemetery <p>At Rhode Island College an ambitious project is underway. A group of faculty and students is building online tours of the capital city’s historic North Burial Ground.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island College political science professor Francis Leazes admits he’s hooked on cemeteries. And in his view there is no finer from an historical perspective than Providence’s North Burial Ground on North Main Street.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:46:58 +0000 Flo Jonic 24243 at http://ripr.org Uncovering The Secrets Of A Historic Providence Cemetery Olympic Medicine and Rhode Island Olympians http://ripr.org/post/olympic-medicine-and-rhode-island-olympians <p>You might think a health care reporter wouldn’t have much interest in covering the Olympics. Think again! (Personally, I can’t wait for the opening ceremonies tonight.)</p><div class="wp-caption alignleft" id="attachment_3045" style="width: 167px"><a href="http://wrnihealthcareblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/marathon_hicks1904.jpg"><img alt="" class="wp-image-3045" src="http://wrnihealthcareblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/marathon_hicks1904.jpg?w=157&amp;h=90" title="Marathon_Hicks1904" height="90" width="157"></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Thomas Hicks, during 1904 Olympic marathon</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8323 at http://ripr.org