The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
The Old Stone Bank records offer some of the most informative individual documentation of 19th-century Rhode Island immigration from both a genealogical and historical perspective. The bank’s records reveal the birthplaces and families of thousands of Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, Eastern European, and Azorian immigrants. Even African Americans who left the South during and after the Civil War list their birthplaces. Join researcher Ray McKenna, who has led a group of dedicated volunteers in digitizing the gigantic signature books of depositors at the Old Stone Bank that range from 1844-1897, and Deputy Executive Director of Collections & Interpretation Richard Ring as they discuss some of the information the books hold and the process of digitizing them.
This Virtual Talk is part one of our weekly Love Our Collections series.
Date & Time
Thu, Feb 29, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM