Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea

Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea

The African-American and Native American community in Jamestown burgeoned during slavery, but it declined precipitously after the Revolution. Nine tenths left in only 50 years. The turbulence of war, the slow demise of slavery and the exclusion from economic...
The Bowen Brothers

The Bowen Brothers

George Wallin Bowen and his brother James Howard were born on the Point in Newport in 1882 and 1884, respectively.  In their 20s, the two brothers went their separate ways – George to Chicago; J. Howard, as he was known, to the U.S. Navy.  The First World War...
From the Collection – Noel

From the Collection – Noel

Perusing archival material in the JHS collection, we came upon a reminiscence titled “Noel” that was written by W. L. Watson, December 1948. Among Mr. Watson’s thoughtful words about family holidays and summer visits at the Carr homestead, he reflects upon the value...
2020 Fall Newsletter

2020 Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 2020 Newsletter is now available for download.  Don’t miss the committee reports of all the things that we’ve been working on while at home. And take a look  at the donations that made over the past year, we value everyone’s efforts to keep...
From the Collection – We Vote in Jamestown!

From the Collection – We Vote in Jamestown!

Our online collection has many items from 1763 to 2020 describing the votes and voters of Jamestown. The handwritten document is a list of freemen of Jamestown who voted for the governor and general officers of the colony of Rhode Island in 1763. The list is followed...