Johnston Historical Society
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Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, and are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.

March 29, 2017
General Meeting
Our speaker will be Helen Hersh Tjader of the Neutaconkanut Conservancy, giving a talk entitled: "Neutaconkanut Hill—Gateway to Sowams." It can be argued that, as a pivotal place of cultural exchange between indigenous people and colonizing settlers in North America, Neutaconkanut Hill is the gateway to Sowams. Come learn more about the incredible role of our local land and its people have played in our national history.

April 15, 2017
Tag Sale
JHS Headquarters, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston. Come by and buy stuff. Better yet, donate some gently used stuff that we can sell. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Johnston Historical Society.

April 26, 2017
General Meeting
Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop famously called us "Rogue's Island." Find out why when Roger Williams National Memorial park ranger John McNiff gives a talk on Pirates, Privateers, and Rhode Island.

May 6, 2017
Trip to Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum
55 Bridge Street, Willimantic, Connecticut
JHS members are invited to step outside Rhode Island for a day of railroading history. It's the Museum's opening day, and there will be train rides, blacksmithing demonstrations, and music, and JHS trustee Rolf Johnson has offered to lead a tour of the facilities. More details to come. Museum admission: Adults, $7; children 8-12, $3; under 8, free. If you want to carpool, meet at JHS Headquarters at 9am that morning. (Willimantic is approximately one hour from Johnston via Route 6).

May 31, 2017
General Meeting
Our speaker will be Peter Hacunda, a Tour Guide with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Peter will explore the extraordinary business of whaling in nineteenth century New Bedford with consideration given to the challenges, adventures, fortunes, and misfortunes of the myriad of people involved in the industry.

June 3, 2017
Open House
JHS will be holding a joint open house event with Historic New England, featuring JHS's Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike, and HNE's Clemence-Irons House, 38 George Waterman Road. More detail to come.

June 28, 2017
General Meeting
Christopher Martin and David Stone will be on hand to talk about their collaborative effort, the Arcadia Publishing title Rhode Island Clam Shacks.


Second Wednesday of each month
Mohr Library Genealogy Group Meetings
Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. The Library has yearly subscriptions to and also New England Historical Genealogical Society databases (NEHGS) on all library computers. The Library also publishes a monthly newsletter outlining upcoming program details and includes tips for searching. Former programs include field trips to the State Archive and Swan Point Cemetery, as well as speakers on cemeteries, medallions found on gravestones, how to search for a particular nationality, and much more. Meetings are open to all! Join avid ancestral sleuths, learn tips from others. All nationalities discussed. (401) 231-4980;;

March 19, 2017
Alliance of Rhode Island Historical Associations Fundraiser
Steamship Museum, 2500 Post Road, Warwick. Members of eligible organizations (the Johnston Historical Society is one) are invited to join instructor Ann Bianchi for a historically-themed Watercolor Painting Class. The cost is $20 per person, and each organization will receive $5 for each of their members, guests, or friends that attends. Light refreshments will be provided. If the event is cancelled because of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled to March 26. Seating is limited so payment is required no later than Monday, March 13.

Checks should be made payable to Alliance of Rhode Island Historical Associations (ARIHA) and dropped off at the Warwick Historical Society, or sent to Bob Chorney at:

Alliance of Rhode Island Historical Associations
c/o Bob Chorney, Treasurer
1475 Centerville Road
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886

ARIHA will be using the funds to offset the cost of the brochure that they are producing for 2017. This should be a fun night and a great chance to see friends and make a little money for both the Alliance and our society. We hope to see everyone there as we all explore our inner Picasso!

To see photos of past events, please visit our Facebook page at

Note: Our museum barn is open Monday nights (except holidays), 6:30-8:30pm; and Fridays, 2-5pm, for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Just in case, call ahead to confirm we're here.

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Updated March 2017