Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Colonial Portsmouth Schoolhouse

(This essay was originally published as “Schoolhouse has survived centuries of change,” by the Newport Daily News on April 5, 2016.) Believing in “how excellent an ornament learning is to mankind,” the Town of Portsmouth three hundred years ago authorized … Continue reading

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Despite Roger Williams’ Efforts, Providence Burns in 1676

(This essay was originally published as “Despite Roger Williams’ Efforts, Providence Burns Down,” in the Providence Journal on March 29, 2016.) Three hundred and forty years ago today Divine Providence did not smile kindly on the burgeoning town of Providence … Continue reading

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