This past week, Rhode Island celebrated its own “Independence Day” on the anniversary of when Rhode Island became the first colony to renounce its allegiance to the King of England on May 4, 1776 so today we explore the history of the celebration of these events in Rhode Island and what exactly this meant in terms of Rhode Island Independence.
We are all familiar with the old rhyme, "April Showers bring May flowers", and after this rainy and depressing April we all are looking forward to the brightly colored May flowers. Most of us have had at one point, or still do have a garden of some sort. Whether it be flowers or vegetibles, we put in the backbreaking effort to till and weed and propogate. Looking for some new ideas for a summer garden? Come in to the Redwood Library and check out our extensive collection of gardening books located in our Pell-Chafee preservation room, some of which are listed here.
After the Revolutionary War, Robert Rogers (1758-1835) became a proprietor of the Redwood Library and began a commitment to the company that he would honor throughout his life. He dedicated much of his time to serving the Redwood, and the greater Newport community.
The defining moment for our country was the American Revolution. A loose coalition of former colonies successfully overthrow a much stronger empire, the first time such an action happened against Great Britain and cementing in world history the rise of the United States of America. Come down to the Redwood Library to check out one of the books below and learn more about the early years of the Revolution when most were still unsure if the great American experiment would even get started.
On this day in history, April 7, 1780, William Ellery Channing was born in Newport, Rhode Island. A prominent Unitarian preacher, his family’s roots in Newport extend back to the beginning of the 18th century through a series of influential men named “William Ellery.”
The calendar has been turned to April and spring weather has finally arrived. The grass has been cut, the air carries on it the smell of hotdogs and popcorn and fans eagerly await the moment their teams take the field. Whether you are a fan of the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, or Red Sox, Opening day is always one of the biggest games of the year. Come celebrate the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball Season by checking out some of the books below.
In the Harrison Room of the Redwood Library there stands a clock that was crafted by one of colonial America’s most well-known clockmakers: William Claggett. While few of his clocks are still in existence, they are remembered today for their craftsmanship and invention. According to an invoice in one of our manuscript collections, he even found time to accept an appointment by the Rhode Island General Assembly to engrave and print paper currency to prevent counterfeiting.
In early Newport society, many of the most prominent men belonged to the Redwood Library and their membership was later continued by their sons. It was clearly something of a family tradition to belong to and support the library, especially in the beginning, such as with the Banister family.