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.
May 31, 2017
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
July 1, 2017
August 5, 2017
September 2, 2017
12-3pm JHS will be 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. First Saturday of each month.
June 28, 2017
6pm—PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME
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.
Before the meeting we'll have a mini cookout with hotdogs, watermelon, and Yacht Club Soda. The grill will be shut off at 7pm, and Christopher and David will begin their presentation at 7:15, so please plan your arrival accordingly.
July and August
Summer Hiatus—Executive Board meetings and General meetings are suspended for the summer. Have fun everyone!
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. 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. www.cteastrrmuseum.org. If you want to carpool, meet at JHS Headquarters at 8:45am that morning. (Willimantic is approximately one hour from Johnston via Route 6).
OTHER NON-JHS-SPONSORED EVENTS OF INTEREST:
Second Wednesday of each month
Mohr Library Genealogy Group Meetings
Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Avenue. The Library has yearly subscriptions to Ancestry.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.
To see photos of past events, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/johnstonhistorical.
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.