Virtual events are free and open to the public. All begin at 7pm. Registration is required. Below you will find the registration link to each lecture. Previous lectures can be viewed here.
The Big Barn Project – Community Conversations
Facilitator Marjory O’Toole, LCHS Ex. Director
Share your Little Compton farming/agriculture experiences with us during a variety of recorded Zoom Conversations. Registration Information
“There’s nothing of their house but the ruined foundation”: History and Archaeology at the Manton Farm Property
Wednesday, March 3
Holly Herbster, Senior Archaeologist and Principal Investigator at The Public Archaeology Laboratory
The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) teamed with LCHS and community volunteers to document the history of the Manton Farm on Mullin Hill Road. Henry Manton was a Black man who came to Little Compton as a boy in the 1860s; his wife Ida Johnson’s African American and Native American family was from Dartmouth. At numerous times during three generations of ownership, the Manton family was the only family of color in Little Compton. Join PAL Senior Archaeologist Holly Herbster and LCHS’s Executive Director Marjory O’Toole as they share the history of the Manton Family and the results of the 2019 archaeological investigations.
Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, A Life Remembered: Scholar, Author, Activist, Muse
Tuesday, March 16
P. Scott Brown, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Medieval Art Historyat the University of North Florida
Little Compton summer resident Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield had a fascinating family, including her famous/infamous father, the Boss Tweed crony and Egyptologist; her mother, the well-known suffragist; and her husband, Edwin, the celebrated painter. But Evangeline herself has been nearly forgotten, though artists and intellectuals on two continents remembered her on her death in 1918 as “the most learned woman” alive. It is all the more ironic that she has been forgotten, since she was a pioneer of women’s history, whose most important work was misappropriated by another, now-famous woman. Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield is well worth remembering, for her brilliant writing on women and art and for her profound influence on her husband’s art and on the ideals of public beauty and aesthetic access in America.
The Rhode to Suffrage: The Expansion of Voting Rights in Rhode Island
Tuesday, April 6
Jenna Peterson-Magnuski, LCHS Museum Educator
Each state in the new United States established its own rules for who could vote. When people sought the right to vote, some tried to change state laws and constitutions and others looked for national changes. Rhode Island initially allowed only freeholders (men owning a significant amount of land) and their eldest sons to vote. The trip to today’s voting rights was anything but straightforward. Museum Educator Jenna Peterson-Magnuski will share key figures, including Little Compton residents, and events along that journey.