Johnston Historical Society
Upcoming Events

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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.

July and August
Summer Hiatus—Executive Board meetings and General meetings are suspended for the summer. Have fun everyone!

July 1, 2017
August 5, 2017
September 2, 2017
Open House
JHS is holding joint open house events with Historic New England, featuring JHS's Elijah Angell House, 101 Putnam Pike, and HNE's Clemence-Irons House, 38 George Waterman Road. Docents will be available at each location to talk to visitors about the story behind each house. First Saturday of each month.

August 27, 2017
JHS Pot Luck Cookout
Johnston Historical Society members and their families and friends are invited to partake of pic-a-nic goodies. JHS will supply hot dogs, buns, and Yacht Club Soda. Anything else is pot luck, so please bring a dish to share. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held in the barn.

September 2, 2017
Trip to Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum—Rescheduled from May
55 Bridge Street, Willimantic, Connecticut
[This is another try at a trip that was previously scheduled for May 6, but which had to be cancelled because of rain.]
JHS members are invited to step outside Rhode Island for a day of railroading history. There will be train rides, demonstrations, and music, and JHS trustee Rolf Johnson has offered to lead a tour of the facilities. Museum admission: Adults, $7; children 8-12, $3; under 8, free. If you want to carpool, meet at JHS Headquarters at 8:45am that morning. (Willimantic is approximately one hour from Johnston via Route 6).

September 27, 2017
General Meeting
Captain Phil DiMaria will tell the story of the Gettysburg Gun, on display at the Rhode Island State House.

October 2017
Society visit to Clouds Hill Mansion in Warwick
Details TBD


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;;

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

Note: Our museum barn is open Tuesdays 9-11am and 6:30-8:30pm; Thursdays, 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 August 2017