Mr. Ken Dooley, author of "The Relentless Pursuit" about finding Gil Thorpe, our Speaker for January 2016
Mrs.Virginia Mathewson who graduated with Gil Thorpe. Here she is holding their yearbook.
Monday, February 15:
Rhode Island Railroad Stations: Post Card Views at the Turn of the 20th Century by Joseph E. Coduri
“A picture is worth a thousand words” aptly describes the approach which Joseph Coduri uses to make a pictorial presentation of railroad stations in Rhode Island. And what better vehicle with which to take this rail journey down memory lane than the picture post card.
The collecting of picture post cards (deltiology) was very popular at the turn of the last century. Today we are the beneficiaries of that long-ago craze of collecting the cherished “postals.” With more than 300 post card images, Rhode Island Railroad Stations illustrates the rich heritage which railroads played in the economic and social history of Rhode Island. The railroads provided a link between the numerous mill villages which sprang up along Rhode Island’s rivers. The railroads also provided a means for Rhode Islanders to reach resort communities along the state’s shoreline.
Using many images from his extensive Rhode Island post card collection, Joseph E. Coduri has provided the reader with a nostalgic and visual ride along the railroads which operated in Rhode Island.
Mr. Joseph E. Coduri received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and began his career on the staff of the University’s Bureau of Government Research working with cities and towns throughout Rhode Island. After 14 years he left the academic environment and became a Supervisor of Local Government Assistance for the State of Rhode Island. Joe retired in 2013 after a 45-year career in State service. Mr. Coduri has been collecting post cards of Rhode Island for the past 35 years and since 1988 he has chaired or co-chaired the very successful Annual Exhibit & Show of the Rhode Island Post Card Club. His first goal in retirement was to produce Rhode Island Railroad Stations: Post Card Views at the Turn of the 20th Century. Joe and his wife Joan reside in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The meeting begins at 6:30 PM with a potluck supper at 110 King Street; the program begins at 7:30 PM. Sue Curado will take your call at 884-4643 to indicate your preference of contribution towards the meal and to reserve your seat. Or you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come meet and greet your friends!
Monday, March 30 at 6:30 PM at the Fireman's Hall. East Greenwich native, Mary Rossetti, Director of Community Outreach for Saint Elizabeth Community will provide the history of Saint Elizabeth Home, its start in Providence in 1882 and its move to East Greenwich.
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History of the
East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society
When the Colonel Micah Whitmarsh House (the Brick House) on Main Street, East Greenwich, was to be razed to make way for a parking lot, a number of the townsfolk foresaw what the future might hold. Already the Old Town Hall had disappeared and a number of lovely old houses had been demolished to make way for the nondescript purposes. The whole character of the town was going to change if this continued.
In 1967 the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society was formed, primarily to acquire and save the Brick House. The building was refurbished, financed with money obtained from dues, donations, grants and bank loans, and became a working asset of the town.
In 1969 the "Olde Gaol" or "Old Jail" on King Street was scheduled to be torn down or moved to change the traffic pattern on Water Street. The Society rallied in support of the Jail, purchased the structure and it remains on its original site as the Society's headquarters.
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