MEMBERS ONLY: Mahogany Exhibit Preview

  • April 1, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • John Brown House Museum

    52 Power Street
    Providence, Rhode Island 02906
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Join Deputy Executive Director of Collections & Interpretation Richard Ring for a member-exclusive preview of the inaugural room in the John Brown House Museum’s reinterpretation: From Forest to Foyer: Rhode Island and the Mahogany Trade in the 18th Century. Members will hear Ring discuss the exhibition before viewing it themselves.

Inspired by historian Jennifer Anderson’s book Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (published by the Harvard University Press in 2012), the exhibit traces the production and consumption of mahogany’s rise as a commodity in tandem with Rhode Island’s rise in the global economy. The story unfolds from the perspectives of free and enslaved woodcutters in the Central American rainforest, ship captains awaiting their cargo in the Bay of Honduras, cabinetmakers purchasing for their lumberyards in Newport, and the buyers of fine furniture and accessories throughout the American colonies and in Europe.

Date & Time

Mon, Apr 1, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Venue Details

John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906 John Brown House Museum
Rhode Island Historical Society

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.

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