Jamestown Historical Society

Tag: From the Collection

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Ceramic Pot

This small ceramic pot with its lid is believed to have come across the bay in the house that became the Bay Voyage hotel.

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Connie Armbrust
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Connie Armbrust

Jamestown is a haven for writers and artists, and one of our treasures was Constance Armbrust, known to everyone as “Connie.”

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harbor-view
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Harbor View

In 1887, Captain Abbott Chandler, who ran a small boat business, renting rowboats and sailboats from his floating pier south of the East Ferry wharf, hired Charles Bevins to build a boardinghouse for seamen on Conanicus, then called Shore, Avenue.

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Tiny Photos Attached to Larger Documents

The Jamestown Historical Society has more than 11,000 photographs in its collection. Six of these are unique because they are tiny visuals that are attached to larger documents: two postcards, two envelopes, a Christmas card, and a card about a movie theater.

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Elmer V. Newton’s Conanicut Island Light Keeper’s Journal
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Conanicut Island Light Keeper’s Journal

JHS recently received Elmer V. Newton’s Conanicut Island Light Keeper’s Journal, 1921-1933. Lighthouse keepers were required to keep a journal mostly of day to day life, when inspections were made, and what supplies received.

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JHS Vault Signs
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Jamestown Signs

Hanging on a side wall of the JHS Vault is a collection of Jamestown signs from island merchants that have closed in years past.

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Jamestown Harbor at Sunset, 1895
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Edward Mitchell Bannister 1828 – 1901

The Providence Art Club recently mounted a tribute to commemorate the life and work of one of their original founders, the Black artist Edward Mitchell Bannister. Bannister, born in New Brunswick, immigrated to Boston in about 1848.

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Left to right: Nancy Peters, Shirley Whitehead, Maxime VonShade Clark, Jennie Clarke, Ellen “Midge” Matoes Wright, Eva VonShade, Genevieve Matoes Currie, Bess Sheehan, Millie Cullen, Harriet Beers, Dorothy Matoes Nunes. Photo taken in the Beers house #23
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Switchboard Operators

Between 1914 and 1964, the local telephone switchboard operators routed calls in and out of Jamestown.

Telephone service began in Jamestown on May 16, 1894, when Walter Wright, the Newport Telephone Company agent, called Charles E. Weeden at the Thorndike Hotel to check the circuit.

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Governor Carr pennant from the maiden voyage, February 1927
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Governor Carr Ferry

The Governor Carr carried passengers and vehicles across the East Passage between Jamestown and Newport from 1927 through 1958.

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Manuel Nerona’s Ferry Mailbox
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Ferry Mailbox

Manuel Neronha Sr. was born in 1907 and came to Jamestown as a child. As soon as he was old enough, he went to work for the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company.

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