The Dorr Rebellion: Exhibit Viewing & Lecture by Russell DeSimone

The Dorr Rebellion: Exhibit Viewing & Lecture by Russell DeSimone  

Presented by Providence Public Library at Providence Public Library

January 20, 2018

In partnership with the Rhode Island Labor History Society, and in conjunction with Russell DeSimone’s ongoing exhibition of a portion of his extensive collection on the Dorr Rebellion at Providence Public Library (PPL), guests are invited to join us to view the exhibit with DeSimone and enjoy refreshments. After the viewing, hear DeSimone speak about this pivotal moment in our history, as well as his interest and experiences in compiling his collection. Our current clashes over questions of immigration, citizenship, equitable districting, and access to the vote have roots in the story of Thomas Wilson Dorr and his attempts to reform representation and enfranchisement in mid-19th century Rhode Island, culminating in the 1842 Dorr Rebellion.

Independent scholar Russell DeSimone holds one of the most thorough and important collections of books and ephemera related to the Rebellion; a selection of items from his collection is on view now through February 9 at PPL in an exhibit curated by DeSimone. Russell J. DeSimone is an independent scholar. He is the compiler of Broadsides of the Dorr Rebellion (1992), and author of The Dorr Rebellion Chronicled in Ballads and Poetry (1993), A Survey of Nineteenth Century Rhode Island Billheads (2002), Rhode Island Election Tickets: a Survey (2007), Rhode Island’s Rebellion (2009) and Remarkable Women of Rhode Island (2014). As a native Rhode Islander, he has been a lifelong student of its history and has written numerous articles about it. Now retired from both the defense industry and as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island library where he curated numerous exhibitions drawn mainly from his collecting interest including “A Survey of 19th Century Rhode Island Billheads,” “Rhode Island Lotteries – Three Centuries of History,” “Voting and the Spirit of Democracy,” “Picturesque Rhode Island” and in 2005 “Thomas Wilson Dorr – A Bicentennial Birthday Tribute.”

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Dates: January 20, 2018


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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

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