Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Rhode Island Museums Day at the State House

May 14, 2014 by cgrosch

The New England Museum Association hosted its first ever Rhode Island Museums Day event yesterday at the State House in Providence.  Representatives from more than a dozen different museums throughout the state were on hand to showcase objects and artifacts from their collections and to spread the word about upcoming events. In addition, it offered the opportunity to build relationships with legislators and colleagues, in collaboratively promoting the contributions that museums make in economic, cultural and educational sectors in Rhode Island.  These and many more museums throughout the state offer tours and special activities throughout the year. The event was co-sponsored by The Creative Arts Council at Brown University, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Preserve Rhode Island, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Roger Williams University

Historic New England collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive. With their thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life, they offer scores of public programs each year. http://www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs

Historic New England collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive. With their thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life, they offer scores of public programs each year. http://www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum documents the entire history of tennis, dating from the 12th century through today. Its 18 galleries encompass more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present. http://www.tennisfame.com/museum-grounds

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum documents the entire history of tennis, dating from the 12th century through today. Its 18 galleries encompass more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present. http://www.tennisfame.com/museum-grounds

Rhode Island Computer Museum

Rhode Island Computer Museum

The Computer Museum is packed with decades-old software, books, computers, printers, floppy disks, hard drives and other curiosities, all of it donated from all around the country. It occupies a 5,000-square-foot warehouse space in West Davisville. http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140125-a-view-from-north-kingstown-take-a-walk-down-memory-lane-at-r.i.-computer-museum.ece

The Computer Museum is packed with decades-old software, books, computers, printers, floppy disks, hard drives and other curiosities, all of it donated from all around the country. It occupies a 5,000-square-foot warehouse space in West Davisville. http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140125-a-view-from-north-kingstown-take-a-walk-down-memory-lane-at-r.i.-computer-museum.ece

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events. The Museum's Collections and Research Center are located in Bristol. The Museum exhibitions are located at Manning Hall on the Brown University campus in Providence. http://brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/aboutus/index.html

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology offers exhibits, public lectures, performances, symposia, festivals, and a broad range of programs and events. The Museum’s Collections and Research Center are located in Bristol. The Museum exhibitions are located at Manning Hall on the Brown University campus in Providence. http://brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/aboutus/index.html

The South County Museum showcases Rhode Island’s coastal legacy, preserving the rich historical heritage of rural and coastal life. The  seven-acre campus is set in a 174-acre town park that was the 19th-century  estate of Rhode Island’s Civil War-era governor and postwar senator, William Sprague. http://www.southcountymuseum.org/events-calendar/

The South County Museum showcases Rhode Island’s coastal legacy, preserving the rich historical heritage of rural and coastal life. The seven-acre campus is set in a 174-acre town park that was the 19th-century estate of Rhode Island’s Civil War-era governor and postwar senator, William Sprague. http://www.southcountymuseum.org/events-calendar/

Through exhibitions and special events, the Culinary Arts Museum strives to interpret the evolution of food preparation and presentation, the development of culinary equipment and technology, and the places where people partake of food. It serves as an educational resource for Johnson & Wales University, the community at-large, food scholars, and the food service industry. http://www.culinary.org/

Through exhibitions and special events, the Culinary Arts Museum strives to interpret the evolution of food preparation and presentation, the development of culinary equipment and technology, and the places where people partake of food. It serves as an educational resource for Johnson & Wales University, the community at-large, food scholars, and the food service industry. http://www.culinary.org/

Built in 1896, the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park in Providence houses 175,000 preserved plants and animals such as insects, mollusk shells, birds, and mammals and some 15,000 different specimens of rocks, minerals, and fossils. https://www.providenceri.com/museum/special-events

Built in 1896, the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park in Providence houses 175,000 preserved plants and animals such as insects, mollusk shells, birds, and mammals and some 15,000 different specimens of rocks, minerals, and fossils. https://www.providenceri.com/museum/special-events

Dedicated in December 1763, Touro Synagogue is America's oldest synagogue and served as the center of Jewish life in Newport. George Washington's original 1790 Letter to Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island is housed there. http://tourosynagogue.org/

Dedicated in December 1763, Touro Synagogue is America’s oldest synagogue and served as the center of Jewish life in Newport. George Washington’s original 1790 Letter to Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island is housed there. http://tourosynagogue.org/

Slater Mill

Slater Mill

In 1921, after the last private owner ceased operations, a group of local businessmen organized the Old Slater Mill Association to purchase, restore and preserve the Slater Mill, “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.” Restoration of the mill was completed in 1925, when it became one of the first operating industrial museums in the United States. http://www.slatermill.org/calendar/

In 1921, after the last private owner ceased operations, a group of local businessmen organized the Old Slater Mill Association to purchase, restore and preserve the Slater Mill, “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.” Restoration of the mill was completed in 1925, when it became one of the first operating industrial museums in the United States. http://www.slatermill.org/calendar/

Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson &Wales University

Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson &Wales University