The history of the Redwood Library through the nineteenth century was captured for us in the Annals of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, published by George Champlin Mason (1820-1894) in 1891. To provide the history of the Library, he moved chronologically through historical records, from the Philosophical Society that preceded the Library to his present at the end of the 1800s. Mason’s primary sources were the minutes of the annual meetings of the Redwood Library, during which the gathered members assessed the year, elected new officers, and discussed relevant business. The minutiae of these routine meetings have provided us with detailed insight into the workings of the Library and useful information about its most important members.
What better way to spend a cold and snowy winter’s day…or late fall for that matter, than cuddling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book in hand. Check out our list of titles by notable Nobel Prize writers!
While there were a few national days of Thanksgiving in 18th century America, it was for the most part the duty of the Governor to issue a proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving, as decided by the General Assemblies. Reading through these proclamations gives us a sense of not only how early Americans felt the day should be celebrated, but also what they were specifically thankful for during different periods in American history.
In this week's blog we take a look at Rhode Island's very own Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene - who was second only to George Washington among the officers of the American army in military ability.
In this week's blog discover more about The National Intelligencer - It was also the first newspaper in Washington to provide detailed reports of congressional proceedings - whose very founders' portraits grace the walls of the Redwood.