Teaching RI’s Black History

Dear Teachers,

We’ve made, and will continue to update, a public folder of resources that you can use in your classroom to teach your students about the history of slavery, indenture and freedom in Rhode Island.

Here is the link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1808SHJO3ojMyKSww5m7QDwionZKwIY7C

On February 10, 2018, our Executive Director Marjory O’Toole will be leading a workshop discussing ways to use her book “If Jane Should Want to be Sold: Stories of Enslavement, Indenture and Freedom in Little Compton, RI” in your classroom.  Marjory is just one of a dozen excellent presenters featured in the “Next Steps: A Place-Based Approach to Teaching African American History in Rhode Island” conference at Rhode Island College. Tickets are only $10.  Use this link to learn more.

https://sites.google.com/view/africanamericanhistoryinri/featured-speakers

This young girl is Moselle Gray. Enslaved in North Carolina as an infant by Arnold Gray formerly of Little Compton, Moselle was inherited by her master’s brother who granted her freedom and brought her to live in Little Compton with his family. Moselle’s life was not easy in Rhode Island, but today a large, diverse, and very vibrant Newport family honor her as their matriarch.    

Moselle, c. 1866. Gray Family Album 2007.2585

Cider Social – Cow Pie Bingo – Antiques Sale! Monday, October 9

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A four-legged visitor will be the honored guest at this year’s Cider Social celebration at the Little Compton Historical Society on Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day) from 1 to 4 pm. For the fourth year the Society has expanded its annual Cider Social to include local vendors, a Cow Pie Bingo Fundraising event, and a booth selling vintage and antique items donated by the community.

As usual the Cider Social is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary cider and donuts while supplies last, free tours of the Wilbor House Museum, a candy haystack, corn husk-doll making, and the last opportunity to see this year’s special exhibition, “Little Compton’s 20th-Century Artists” all at no charge. The special exhibit ends that day.

On October 9, the Society will also be hosting their annual antiques sale. Anyone with antique or vintage items to donate to this sale is asked to do so before the ninth. Local vendors will be on hand selling variety of hand-crafted items and the Historical Society’s museum shop will be open offering a variety of local history books and gift items. New vendors are welcome and should call 401-635-4035 to reserve a spot.The fee is $20.

The highlight of the day will be the Cow Pie Bingo event taking place between 3 and 4 pm. Oreo, a Belted Galloway, will return for his second year of Cow Pie Bingo. Oreo will be accompanied by his farmer, Pete Dellasanta of Pete’s Farm. Pete, who began his own farm in high school and is now a college freshman, will lead Oreo onto a gridded field promptly at 3 PM and the first square in the grid to receive a cow pie will be the winner. Tickets corresponding to each square on the grid are on sale now at the Historical Society for $10 each or three for $25 and will also be sold the day of the event until 2:55 PM. The holder of the winning ticket will receive a $500 prize. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society.

Pete and other judges will be on hand to make the final call determining the winning square. If no cow pie is deposited before 4 PM the judges will draw the winning ticket from a hat.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Anyone interested in volunteering or in purchasing a vendor’s spot is asked to call the Historical Society at 401-635-4035.

Little Compton Antiques Festival & Classic Car Show

The Little Compton Historical Society is proud to partner with Preserve Rhode Island and Ferguson & D’Arruda Antiques to present the Little Compton Antiques Festival on the grounds of the Wilbor House Museum and to host, for the first time, a Classic Car Show featuring approximately 30 vehicles.

Antiques Festival Preview Party – Fri., Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 pm.

Antiques Festival & Classic Car Show – Sat. Aug. 5 from 9 to 4.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit both the Little Compton Historical Society and Preserve Rhode Island.

The Antiques Festival kicks off with a Preview Party on Friday evening featuring a sunset supper, complimentary beverage, live music and early buying privileges. Admission to Saturday festival included with Preview Party ticket.

For more information, visit http://www.preserveri.org/little-compton-antiques-festival

Antique or vintage donations for the sale are welcome anytime before the event.

Spite Tower Social – Tickets on Sale Now!

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The Samuel Church Estate
Adamsville
Thursday, July 27
6:30-8:30 p.m.

 
Gather with friends old and new to tour the Samuel Church mansion
and explore Adamsville’s famous Spite Tower. Our hosts Kristin and
Adam Silveira have been working for months to renovate and restore
these important historic buildings in preparation for a new chapter
in their history as vacation rental properties. All proceeds from this
community event benefit the Little Compton Historical Society.
$30 per person — Enjoy two complimentary drinks and a picnic supper on the lawn.
Call 401-635-4035 for tickets or click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spite-tower-social-tickets-36039465010

Reservations required by July 25.