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LECTURE – Shredding the Joy – November 19

LECTURE – Shredding the Joy – November 19

Shredding the Joy_What We Lose When De-cluttering Goes Too Far 

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

Monday, November 19, 7 PM

Little Compton Community Center

FREE to LCHS Members and their guests
$10 for non-members

NOTE – this talk was originally scheduled for November 5.

SHREDDING THE JOY: What We Lose When De-Cluttering Goes Too Far

Taylor headshotAccording to the minimalist movement, less is more. In theory, throwing out the past gives us more happiness than keeping it. Except that, so often, our sense of identity can be tied up in those piles of family documents and photographs. Join your friends at the Little Compton Historical Society to hear what Maureen Taylor, the nationally-known Photo Detective, has to say about preserving family histories in light of today’s de-cluttering trend. Learn how to tackle those piles without fear and what can happen when some are family items are kept rather than tossed.

Historian Linford Fisher to Speak

Historian Linford Fisher to Speak

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Slavery and Freedom Series

September 27, at 7 PM 

United Congregational Church 

Professor Linford Fisher

“New England Slavery in an Atlantic World”

Free and Open to the Public – Sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

As part of a year-long project honoring the 200th anniversary of the end of slavery in Little Compton, the Little Compton Historical Society is hosting a speakers’ series featuring authors and historians with expertise on slavery and freedom in New England. The series is made possible by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and will run through February, 2017. Each event is free and open to the public.

The Historical Society is pleased to welcome Linford Fisher as its next speaker on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 PM at the United Congregational Church on the Commons.  Dr. Fisher, Associate Professor of History at Brown University, writes and teaches on religion, Native Americans, and slavery in colonial America. During his talk he will help place slavery in Little Compton and the surrounding areas into the context of the wider Atlantic World.

Dr. Fisher is the author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (Oxford, 2012) and the co-author of Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father (Baylor, 2014), with J. Stanley Lemons and Lucas Mason-Brown. These books will be available for purchase before and after his talk and are now available for borrowing at the Brownell Library in Little Compton. Dr. Fisher is currently working on a book-length project on Indian and African enslavement in colonial New England and several select English Atlantic islands, including Bermuda, Barbados, and Jamaica. His course at Brown University entitled “Enslaved, Slavery in the Atlantic World” inspired the Historical Society’s Director, Marjory O’Toole, to begin her research on local slavery, indenture and freedom and prompted the Historical Society to explore the topic throughout the year with a book, a special exhibition, school programs and this speakers’ series.

The next two talks in the series are:

On Friday, October 21 at 1 PM, at the Little Compton Historical Society, Kevin Ryan, President and CEO of Covenant House International will speak on the persistence of slavery today in the United States and across the globe in the form of human trafficking especially as it pertains to the young people seeking help from Covenant House shelters in the United States and abroad.

On Wednesday, November 2 at the United Congregational Church on the Little Compton, Commons at 7 PM, Keith Stokes will present “American Irony—Slavery & Religious Freedom in Colonial Newport.” Mr. Stokes is the co-founder of the 1696 Heritage Group.



Learn to Research Your House’s History – Registration Deadline Monday

Learn to Research Your House’s History – Registration Deadline Monday

Marian Pierre-LouisJoin nationally-recognized house historian Marian Pierre-Louis this Friday, August 14 from 9 to noon to learn the steps involved in researching your home’s history. Whether your house is 200 years old or 50, the same research practices will lead you to a better understanding of the families who once lived there. The program begins at the Wilbor House and then moves to the Town Hall to provide every participant with hands-on experience using Little Compton’s primary source records.

The workshop is $75 for LCHS members and $100 for non-members. Anyone who completes and shares a Little Compton house history with the Historical Society before March 30, 2016 will receive a $50 refund.  Spaces are limited, please register immediately by calling 401-635-4035.

DIY (Do It Yourself!) House History Workshop

DIY (Do It Yourself!) House History Workshop

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With Nationally-Known House Historian Marian Pierre-Louis

Friday, November 14, 9 AM-Noon

LCHS Members $75, Non-Members $100  (Participants who share a completed Little Compton House history with the Little Compton Historical Society by February 28, 2015 will receive a $50 refund.)

You can uncover the history of your house whether it is 20 or 200 years old.  Come learn the research tools and tricks you need to make the most out of your house history with the help of Marian Pierre-Louis a house historian, lecturer and writer who specializes in researching the history of New England houses.  Your house is much more than wood and nails.  It stands as a memorial to every resident before you.  Discover the histories of the people who once lived there. Find the old deeds to your house, learn how to chain a deed, and locate other sources of information such as probate records and the US Federal Census Records.

This workshop begins at the Wilbor House Museum (548 West Main Road) and will move to the Town Vault on the Commons part-way through. Marian has customized this workshop to provide information specific to research within Little Compton and participants will have the opportunity to actually begin work on the property of their choice.

To register call 401-635-4035 or e-mail


Marian Pierre-Louis speaks frequently at libraries, societies and conferences throughout New England on house history and genealogical topics.  She is the author of the popular blog, the New England House Historian ( Marian is also the host of Fieldstone Common, a weekly radio show dedicated to New England history.  You can learn more about Maian and he work at

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