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A Watchman’s Web: Using Archives to Visualize 19th-Century Providence—12th Annual Mary L. Heuser Lecture featuring Dr. C. Morgan Grefe
February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PMFree
A young watchman at Providence’s Prison made a resolution to keep a daily diary in 1867. He recorded his work with the men and women incarcerated there; but, unlike today, the watchmen lived in the prison as well. What can we learn about Rhode Island history from his words? Dr. Grefe will explore the ways records and documents can illuminate how working-class Providence looked and felt in the 19th century.