Programs & Events

Winter/Spring Events 2020

Women’s History Events

In 2020 the Little Compton Historical Society will join history organizations all across the country to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment guaranteeing women’s constitutional right to vote. The Historical Society invites volunteers interested in researching and/or writing about the lives of Little Compton women, from the 17 th century to the present day, to attend these events. local women will be invited to write their own autobiographies. Volunteers will also be asked to interview Little Compton residents (year-round and seasonal), share their personal memories of local women, and/or research women from previous centuries. All the resulting histories will be permanently archived by the Historical Society and will serve as the inspiration for the 2020 special exhibition. All are welcome and anyone new to history research and writing will have ample opportunities for coaching by Historical Society staff and volunteers. The Historical Society is also seeking the loan (or gift) of portraits, photographs, diaries, and letters relating to Little Compton women.

Share Your Stories—Oral History Day
Wednesday, April 1

Reserve a 45 minute TELEPHONE appointment with a local historian to share your life story or your memories of Little Compton women. All interviews will be recorded and may be shared by the Historical Society with the public. 

Share Your Photos—Photo Scanning Days – TO BE RESCHEDULED
Friday, March 20, 12 to 5 pm or Saturday, March 21, 9 am to 12 pm

Reserve a 45-minute appointment to have a local historian scan your photographs of Little Compton women while you wait. Receive a digital copy of your photographs. All images will be archived by the Historical Society and may be shared with the public. 

Spring Lecture – To Be Rescheduled

Text Box: Drawing on original research using underutilized sources, Dr. Turner moves beyond familar narratives in his sweeping and authoritative new history of Plymouth Colony published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing. Instead of depicting the Pilgrims as otherworldly saints or extraordinary sinners, he tells how a variety of English settlers and Native peoples engaged in a contest for the meaning of American liberty.

John Turner – They Knew They Were Pilgrims
Monday, April 6, 7 PM 

Little Compton Community Center
Free & Open to the Public

John G. Turner
Professor of Religious Studies, George Mason University

Drawing on original research using underutilized sources, Dr. Turner moves beyond familiar narratives in his sweeping and authoritative new history of Plymouth Colony published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing. Instead of depicting the Pilgrims as otherworldly saints or extraordinary sinners, he tells how a variety of English settlers and Native peoples engaged in a contest for the meaning of American liberty.