Artistic inspiration is often ephemeral and intangible, but it can also be drawn from the physical world and collected into portfolios and scrapbooks full of ideas. At the Redwood Library, we have two examples of such inspiration from the architect Whitney Warren (1964-1943).
Readers and Foodies alike; Rejoice! This reading list will enitce your mind, as well as your tummy! Take a look into the history of Food in the Atlantic World, and how it shaped the way we enjoy the culinary world today. From the first settlers in the new world to the victory gardens that helped win two World Wars, food has been a major institution in shaping history in the Atlantic World. These titles will range from what New Englanders ate to how explorers of the sea sustained themselves; all of which is still important to how we eat today.
Opening the Redwood Annals to the earliest days of the Library always encourages me to make connections between now and then. As we pass through the first week of November, adding books to our collection and starting new projects, our forebears at the Redwood Library were doing the same. At a meeting held on November 4, 1747, 270 years ago as of this weekend, “The Company met in the Council Chamber” and made decisions that continue to be relevant to our work today.
The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series concludes on Wednesday, November 8 when Fred Zilian, adjunct professor at Salve Regina University, examines life on Aquidneck Island during the British-Hessian Occupation. For almost three years occupying forces held sway over Newport, and island conditions were tense, militarized, regimented, and dangerous. Daily life greatly differed between citizens who were loyalists and those who were patriots.
As the spookiest night of the year approaches, your Redwood Librarians are preparing the only way we know how, by reading everything we can find on witchcraft and demonology on our shelves. We have pulled two books on these subjects from our special collections to share with you and hopefully alleviate any witch- or demon-based fears you may have about this Halloween season.
Small collections can provide a wealth of information about a person’s character, preserved for us in a few scribbled lines in a note written over a hundred years ago. Such is the case with our manuscript collection of Jane Stuart (1812-1888), American painter and daughter of Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). In the collected letters at the Redwood, she entreats a woman to join her for lunch and sends several notes of regret to another and in doing so, helps to sketch out an idea of who she was as a person, beyond her well-known artistic talents.
The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 25th when Ray Rickman holds a conversation about race in 2017. Mr. Rickman will discuss how to talk about race with peers and people outside your own cultural group.
Our portraits may be our most visible art collection, greeting visitors in every room, but the Redwood Library is also home to several collections of artistic works on paper. This week, the spotlight falls on our holdings of the works of Alfred Bendiner (1899-1964), which were given to the Redwood Library by the Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation in 1996. Bendiner was an architect, a muralist, a caricaturist, an author, and a world traveler whose work shows his many talents and interests with humor.
This Reading List will provide resources on the Brown Family, focusing around two brothers, John and Moses Brown, who as time progressed developed differing thoughts on the slave trade. These publications, which include Ms. Brown's new book, Grappling with Legacy, can augment readers knowledge of the Brown family, and their important history here in Rhode Island.
Many of the men and women whose portraits line the walls of the Redwood Library are the descendants of families who have been in New England since its earliest days. Joseph Hurlbut Patten (1801-1881), the son of Reverend William Patten (1766-1839) and Hannah Hurlbut (1769-1855), is proof of this regional lineage on both his father’s and his mother’s sides, each with long histories in the area.