History Happening Here-New Exhibits Open Thurs. - Sundays

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:30am

Story Location:
18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807
United States


Thank you for your interest in the Block Island Historical Society. We value everyone who shares our love of the island and history.Public  programs continue this month through Oct 11th. Come see our new renovations in the West Gallery. 

10/9 Saturday  9-2 pm - Arts & Crafts Fair : Signed books available by  Dr. Ben Hruska, “Valour & Courage: The Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers in WWII” . 

Block Island’s Grand Hotels: Slide Presentation available upon request in West Gallery viewing room


The Museum Shop will be open Thurs - Sun 11-4 pm through Oct  11th. 

 We are grateful for a grant from the Champlin Foundation that is helping to fund  storm window installation on the 3rd floor as well as the newly restored 1st floor windows. Work on these projects has begun and we are able to have all our windows now open with cross breezes in the West Gallery. We will also start the work funded by the  1772 Foundation/Preserve RI grant for restoration of the cupola.  

We have recently updated the website to include the  new virtual exhibits on Block Island’s early history, the Old Harbor walking tour and interview by a descendant of the Manisseans. 

We fully opened our doors on July 3rd with updated exhibits throughout the museum. On July 8th we celebrated together and shared stories with members of the local Manissean Tribal Council, Pokanoket elders and a Shinnicock wampum weaver. We hosted the Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, Loren Spears, who gave a talk on the team involved in annotating Roger William’s “Key into to the Language of America”. Signed copies are still available at the Museum Shop along with many new titles on a range of historical subjects. On July 7th, URI professor, Marcus Nevius gave a lecture on “New histories of Slavery in southern New England”. 

We are now booking Guided Tours and off site historic Walking Tours.  In the meantime, please visit us on Instagram & Facebook — we have two separate pages, our “official” page is managed by our staff, the other, a membership page, where we invite folks to share photos and memories of Block Island. Every effort will be made to answer questions posted on Facebook. Email: blockislandhistory@gmail.com

Booking off-site historic walking tours are available to the Island Cemetery, Palatine Graves and Manissean Village Site. Guided tours of the museum exhibits  are available daily or by appointment. Call 401-864-4357 for more info or to book a tour.  

Please visit our website www.blockislandhistorical.org

Please consider joining as a member. Benefits include a 10% discount in The Museum Shop, free admission, family history research assistance and discounts on our tours and programs.Tours available daily during the summer season 11:00-4:00 pm  

PO Box 79, Block Island, RI 02807