Virtual Events

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.

A Tale of Two Portraits
Wednesday, January 19
Marjory O’Toole, LCHS Executive Director

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This summer descendants of Little Compton’s Rev. Mase Shepard and his wife Deborah Haskins Shepard donated two portraits they believed to be the minister and his wife. But it wasn’t so. Join Marjory as she leads us step-by-step through the discovery process that revealed the true identity of the couple in the portraits and the lessons we learned about the Shepard family.

Genealogy from Home: Making the Most of Online Sources
Tuesday, February 15
Marian Pierre-Louis, Online Education Producer at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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Now more than ever it’s important to take advantage of using online sources for genealogy research. You’ll learn the best tips for making the most of your online research on a variety of websites. Appropriate for all levels of family historians.

Rural New England Women: Coastal RI and Inland MA
Tuesday, March 15
Marla Miller, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst

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One might expect that Hadley, MA and Little Compton, RI were very similar as rural farming communities in New England, yet each community had its own nuances. Professor Marla Miller has conducted extensive research on the role of women in Hadley’s history. She joins Everyone Was a Farmer co-curators Professor Steven Lubar and Marjory O’Toole to discuss women’s roles and experiences in each community, and what evidence we have to support those conclusions.

Sakonnet Vineyards: A Farm-Founding Story
Wednesday, April 13
Jim and Lolly Mitchell

Link to come, no registration required.

In 1975, a vineyard was born and its first bottles sold in 1976. The Vineyard grew first into a town institution and then into a regional attraction. 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. The film, edited by Clarkshire Media, will premiere on YouTube this evening and will be available on our YouTube channel indefinitely.

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