All Society News and Events

The Middletown Historical Society is Proud to Present Our 2017 Calendar of Events
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2/10/2017 March Newsletter Deadline
2/12/2017 Speaker:  Tanya Kelley - 2:00pm - Paradise School
3/2/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
3/12/2017 Speaker:  Kaity Ryan + Alyssa Lozupone 2:00pm - Paradise School
3/14/2017 Chamber Expo
4/6/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
4/8/2017 Pre-Season Docent Breakfast
4/9/2017 Speaker:  Robert Geake - 2:00pm - Paradise School
5/4/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
5/10/2017 June Newsletter Deadline
5/18/2017 MHS Annual Meeting + Elections - North End Steakhouse - Guest Speaker
5/21/2017 Speaker:  Dr. Kathy Abbass -  2:00pm - Paradise School
5/28/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
6/1/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
6/4/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
6/11/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
6/11/2017 Witherbee School Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
6/18/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
6/25/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/2/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/6/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
7/6/2017 Newport Children's Theater - Paradise Park
7/7/2017 Newport Children's Theater - Paradise Park
7/8/2017 Newport Children's Theater - Paradise Park
7/9/2017 Newport Children's Theater - Paradise Park
7/9/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/9/2017 Witherbee School Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/15/2017 Fundraising Event - TBD
7/16/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/23/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
7/30/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/3/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
8/6/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/10/2017 September Newsletter Deadline
8/13/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/13/2017 Witherbee School Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/19/2017 Founders' Day - 11:00am - 5:00pm - Paradise Park
8/19/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/20/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
8/27/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/3/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/3/2017 Witherbee School Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/7/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
9/10/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/17/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/24/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
9/30/2017 Norman Bird Scnctuary Harvest Fair Day 1
10/1/2017 Norman Bird Scnctuary Harvest Fair Day 2
10/1/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
10/5/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
10/8/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
10/8/2017 Witherbee School Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
10/9/2017 Paradise School + Boyd's Mill Open - 2:00 - 4:00pm
11/2/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
11/4/2017 Post-Season Docent Appreciation Luncheon - TBD
11/10/2017 December Newsletter Deadline
12/7/2017 Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise School
MIDDLETOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2017 WINTER/SPRING SPEAKER SERIES
February 12 - Paradise School - 2:00pm

Mabel Norman and the Cultural Landscape Legacy of Paradise Farm with Tanya Kelley

Mabel Norman Cerio’s life and legacy of natural and cultural stewardship continue to play a role in the shaping of Paradise Farm and the Norman Bird Sanctuary

March 12 - Paradise School - 2:00pm

Farmscapes to Country Estates: A Survey of Middletown's Historic Resources with Kaity Ryan and Alyssa Lozupone

Middletown’s built environment conveys the rich history of this Aquidneck Island community. Through an illustrated lecture, Kaity Ryan and Alyssa Lozupone from The Preservation Society of Newport County will highlight the remaining historic architecture and landscapes that once defined Middletown as a rural, agricultural community and, later, as a summer colony.

April 9 - Paradise School - 2:00pm

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution with Author Robert Geake

In December 1777, the Continental army was encamped at Valley Forge and faced weeks of cold and hunger, as well as the prospect of many troops leaving as their terms expired in the coming months. Plans were made to enlist more men, but as the states struggled to fill quotas for enlistment, Rhode Island general James Mitchell Varnum proposed the historic plan that a regiment of slaves might be recruited from his own state, the smallest in the union, but holding the largest population of slaves in New England

May 18 - North End Steakhouse, Best Western Mainstay Inn - 5:30pm

Middletown Historical Society Annual Meeting

Isaac Barker - Colonial Spy

During the American Revolution, on the eastern shores of Middletown, a communication center was set up to disclose movements of the British troops.

The Hessian soldiers occupied Isaac Barker's farmhouse. This was common practice during the war and many farmhouses were occupied by British and Hessian troops.

As the British would plot their next move, Issac would take note. As a signal for new information, Issac would set the rails on the waterfront fence in a certain manner.

This would alert the American patriots over in Little Compton. At night, they would row across the Sakonnet River to a note placed in a known place in the stonewall.  Written by Isaac, it outlined the British plans.

Isaac was never discovered by the British for passing information.

In fact, the British considered him a loyalist.

May 21 - Paradise School - 2:00pm

Closing in on the Endeavour Bark with Dr. Kathy Abbass

RIMAP's historical and archaeological research to locate the 18th-century British transport shipwreck sites in Newport Harbor has determined that the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour was one of five vessels sent to a particular spot off the Point in 1778, RIMAP has located 10 of the 13 ships in that 1778 fleet, and they are all worthy of study, but the first phase of the research to locate the Endeavour in the limited study area is coming to a close. Once the preliminary phase is done, then RIMAP will determine which site is which ship. This presentation will share the latest research and review the international interest in RIMAP's progress to identify that iconic vessel.

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Announcing the Middletown Historical Society's Founders' Day Celebration

Saturday, August 19th 2017 - Paradise Park

Click HERE for more details.

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Middletown's Founding Families

Paradise School

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Upcoming Events

  • Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30pm - Paradise Schools

Meetings of the Board of Directors take place on the first Thursday of the month at 5:30PM at The Society's Headquarters and Museum in Paradise School.

  • Thursday, March 2
  • Thursday, April 6
  • Thursday, May 4
Attention Geocachers:  There be Geocaches Here

Check out GCTNFA and GCTNYB

  • Volunteers Needed

We need your help to assist us with our expanded selection of programs.

We’re looking for volunteers who can help us with:

- Archives and database entry
- Historical research
- Preservation of documents and properties
- Membership
- Landscape architecture
- Docents
- Artists
- Tradesmen of all types
- Fund raising
- Program development
- Membership recruitment

Please contact us at info@middletownhistory.org if you are interested in volunteering.
 

Updated February 4th 2017