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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.

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. Prior to the meeting, at 6pm, the Elijah Angel House will be open for viewing. And at 6:30 there will be a tree planting ceremony—we received the gift of a dogwood sapling from the Apple Blossom Garden Club of North Smithfield. Show up early if you want to tour the house and/or witness the spectacle.

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 10, 2017
Helping History and Heritage Happen: 'When, not if' Your Organization Needs a Disaster Plan
The Johnston Historical Society is pleased to host this informative program, which is sponsored by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Why does your collection and building need a disaster plan? Experience has proven time and again that a little thought and preparation can save the core of your collection, safeguard your property, and save lives. Here in Rhode Island a disaster can be as dramatic as the 2010 floods or a major fire and as small, but deadly, as burst frozen pipes or a toilet that overflows for two days when you're closed.

You work hard to preserve your collection, so pay some attention to protecting it from a catastrophe. During this program you'll learn: how to prepare an effective disaster plan using RI-dPlan and other templates; why building connections with local first responders will create an alliance that you can count on to help save your most important assets; and how RI Emergency Management takes seriously the significance of Rhode Island's cultural heritage by including them in statewide planning.

Donna Longo DiMichele has worked for the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) for seventeen years. She was the Project Director of Protecting the Past-RI, two grant projects spanning six years which did a deep dive into statewide disaster planning for all types of cultural heritage organizations. When she is not supporting preservation through OLIS, she manages grants and services to Rhode Island libraries.

Free. Please RSVP. (401) 331-8575 x136;;

May 13, 2017
Johnston Historical Society Yard Cleanup Day
Many hands make light work, so they say. Please lend your hands and help spruce up the yard around the Elijah Angell House and our museum barn.

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. This meeting will also include an election for the JHS Executive Board.


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 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 April 2017