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.
We take a look back on John Brown's infamous raid on Harpers Ferry and his reflections on the failed raid, courtesy of a letter written from John Brown to his cousin Rev. Luther Humphrey on November 19, 1859 from the Redwood Special Collections. Click here to read more!
Anne Hutchinson, a rebellious religious leader and one of the founders of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, made her arrival in the American colonies on September 18, 1634, 382 years ago as of this weekend. In July of that year, Anne, with her husband William and their children, left England on the Griffin to follow the Puritan Minister John Cotton to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.