Virtual events are free and open to the public. All begin at 7 PM unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Below you will find the registration link to each lecture. Previous lectures can be viewed here.
Sakonnet Vineyards: A Farm-Founding Story
Wednesday, April 13
Jim and Lolly Mitchell
Link to come, no registration required.
We were very saddened to hear the news of Jim Mitchell’s passing on February 17, 2022. Jim and Lolly graciously agreed to this interview last summer. We are grateful we had the chance to record their memories of Sakonnet Vineyards, and we share them with you now in memory of Jim.
If you are interested in learning how to conduct oral history interviews, please join us via Zoom for a 30-minute workshop immediately preceding the premiere the Mitchells’ interview. Details below.
In 1975, a vineyard was born, the first licensed winery in Rhode Island since Prohibition. Sakonnet Vineyards sold its first bottle in 1976 and quickly became the premier vineyard and winery in New England and a pioneer in the growing regional wine industry. How did it all come to be? Hear first-hand from the founders, Jim and Lolly Mitchell, who sat down for an oral history interview with LCHS Executive Director Marjory O’Toole in September 2021. The film, edited by Clarkshire Media, will premiere on YouTube this evening and will be available on our YouTube channel indefinitely.
To read more about Jim’s remarkable life please see his obituary here.
Oral History Workshop
Wednesday, April 13 – 6:30 PM
Marjory O’Toole, Executive Director
Click here to register.
Listening to, preserving, and sharing the memories of community elders is an incredibly important part of our local history. Conducting oral history interviews with your family members and neighbors can be an easy and rewarding way to help preserve histories that might otherwise be lost. Join LCHS Executive Director Marjory O’Toole for an informal coaching session on the best practices for oral history interviews using only your phone.