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The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, saw two huge armies meet and clash over the three days. After the battle was over, the gruesome task of burying the dead on both sides and taking care of … more
There are numerous reasons why Small Business Saturday is a way better time to shop for the holidays than the consumer-driven miasma known as Black Friday. First off, small businesses are inherently … more
Since I wrote an entire article dedicated to the History of Hot Wheels, it only makes sense to follow it up with the story of their biggest competitor, Matchbox! Actually, since Matchbox came before … more
Thirty-one-year-old George Henry Savage surrendered to Mass. authorities on Nov. 27, 1927. The accused burglar explained that he wanted to prevent his mother’s house from being taken as … more
I have always been an obsessive bargain shopper, raised by a family that only shopped for items at a deep discount.  Which package of underwear was purchased depended upon how deep the markdown … more
A few months ago, a friend contacted me about a musket and bayonet he had purchased, and since this era wasn’t really his thing, he shipped it off to me. From the few pictures that had been … more
Rhode Island has an abundance of talented singer-songwriters. Hit up one of the weekly open mics or spend a night out at a local bar or music venue and chances are that’ll you’ll hear … more
Thirty-two-year-old chemist Thomas Henry Hughes settled in Johnston in 1849, established the village of Hughesdale and founded the Hughesdale Dye & Chemical Company. In 1868, he gifted Johnston … more
In this era of political turmoil, where horrendous violence is taking place worldwide, especially in the Gazza Strip and the Ukraine, where people are starving in Africa and senseless hate crimes are … more
Rachael (Tharps) Boone of Virginia died of Tuberculosis in 1938. She and her husband, Dr. Clinton Caldwell Boone, had devoted their lives to being reverends and Baptist medical missionaries. The … more
Many adult children express the idea that their mother was a saint.  I am not sure how many of these mothers actually WERE saints, but my mother certainly fit the bill. I first observed her … more
The way music can tell a story is one of the common threads that runs through the creative medium regardless of style and genre. This approach can paint vivid pictures for whoever is listening … more
With the holidays fast approaching, some vintage toys we have in the gallery and coming up for auction in December struck me with a bit of nostalgia: a large collection of model trains. Consigned … more
One who has been fortunate enough to be raised under the guidance of governesses and private tutors, to have spent their existences spinning around their own ballroom, studying in their family's … more
Hubby and I went away for our anniversary this past weekend and stayed at a nice hotel on the Cape. By booking through Expedia, he likes to ensure that the hotel has a free breakfast because eating a … more
The weekend after Halloween always hits differently in The Ocean State. For three days, the Amica Mutual Pavilion and Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence both become a hub for fandom of … more
As a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors (ASAC), we have two meetings a year across the country. It can be tough with a busy work schedule to make all the meetings, and I hadn’t … more
Few people in the history of RI have shown more concern or respect for our state’s deceased than Willis Charles Metcalf. Without the effort and dedication put forth by Metcalf throughout his … more
It’s less than a week away and before you know it, people are going to be dressed up in their favorite costumes. Kids will be walking the streets accompanied by their parents looking for the … more
I generally fall asleep relatively easily, but last night was the exception. As I drifted on the verge of slumber, thoughts of the war in the Gaza Strip bombarded my brain. The Gaza Strip refers … more
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