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January 24

*Providence Preservation Society Annual Meeting and Preservation Lecture, Providence

*Historic Ties Between Rhode Island, Charleston, and the West Indies, Bristol

January 26

*Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

January 27

*Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours, Newport

*2019 Winter Speaker Series: The Canonchet Farm Linear Park, Narragansett

*Valley Talk, Woonsocket

*Singin' and Swingin' Sunday!, Lincoln

*Johnston Historical Society General Meeting and Open House, Johnston

January 28

*Aquidneck Island Trolleys: The Streetcar Era, 1898-1925, Portsmouth

January 1

*Roger Williams: Just How Awesome is He?, Tiverton

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January 23rd in Rhode Island history*

1820

*Elijah Ormsbee, the inventor of an early steam-powered boat, dubbed the The Experiment, dies in Providence. Instead of paddle wheels his boat had hinged duck-like paddles that folded up on the forward stroke.

1861

*The eastern boundary line of Rhode Island is settled with Massachusetts.

1879

*The new building for the Rhode Island Normal School is dedicated. The same building was formerly Providence High School. [Later it was the home of the Supreme Court until it moved to the Providence County Court House].

1904

*The Washington National Bank of Westerly (Charter #952) is reorganized as the Washington Trust Company.

1976

*The temperature today, -13 degrees, is the lowest on record in the state.

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