Happy Labor Day weekend!  Brown & Sharpe employees in front of the “old shop” on South Main St, Providence in 1872.  Founded in Providence in 1853, by Joseph Brown & Lucian Sharpe, the company was highly influential in machine tools and technology and was actively manufacturing in a Rhode Island for almost 150 years!  #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #manufacturing #laborday #workers #labor  (at Providence Public Library)

Happy Labor Day weekend! Brown & Sharpe employees in front of the “old shop” on South Main St, Providence in 1872. Founded in Providence in 1853, by Joseph Brown & Lucian Sharpe, the company was highly influential in machine tools and technology and was actively manufacturing in a Rhode Island for almost 150 years! #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #manufacturing #laborday #workers #labor (at Providence Public Library)

Oh hello!  Pulling items for an open house for local musicians and came across this double LP of live recordings of local new wave and hardcore bands at the Living Room in Providence in 1983-4.  I just may to set up a listening station for some “research”. 30 year old punk is history too!  #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #newwave #hardcore #punk #records #lp  (at Providence Public Library)

Oh hello! Pulling items for an open house for local musicians and came across this double LP of live recordings of local new wave and hardcore bands at the Living Room in Providence in 1983-4. I just may to set up a listening station for some “research”. 30 year old punk is history too! #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #newwave #hardcore #punk #records #lp (at Providence Public Library)

So many celebrations for our beloved native author, H.P. Lovecraft this week! Check out www.lovecraftreadathon.org for more details!  Here are direct links to each event: 
8/20:  Birthday Celebration and “Call to Cthulu” performance 
8/21:  Lovecraft double-feature film fest
8/23:  Lovecraft Walking Tour
8/23:  Lovecraft Readathon
8/24:  Lovecraft Graveside tribute

#lovecraft #horror #reading #authors #providence #rhodeisland #wierdfiction (at Providence Public Library)

So many celebrations for our beloved native author, H.P. Lovecraft this week! Check out www.lovecraftreadathon.org for more details!  Here are direct links to each event: 

8/20:  Birthday Celebration and “Call to Cthulu” performance

8/21:  Lovecraft double-feature film fest

8/23:  Lovecraft Walking Tour

8/23:  Lovecraft Readathon

8/24:  Lovecraft Graveside tribute

#lovecraft #horror #reading #authors #providence #rhodeisland #wierdfiction (at Providence Public Library)

The details that old card catalogs will tell you! Did you know we hold the original index used by Providence Journal staff? Some cards from 1926 show that references to future crime boss Raymobd Patriarca were filed under an alias “John Dnubile”. The index notes the activities of his early criminal career as a bootlegger, hijacker and jail breaker. #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #crime #bootlegger #mafia #library #cardcatalog (at Providence Public Library)

The details that old card catalogs will tell you! Did you know we hold the original index used by Providence Journal staff? Some cards from 1926 show that references to future crime boss Raymobd Patriarca were filed under an alias “John Dnubile”. The index notes the activities of his early criminal career as a bootlegger, hijacker and jail breaker. #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #crime #bootlegger #mafia #library #cardcatalog (at Providence Public Library)

I was forwarded this blog link from our good friends and partners rhodiproject in the upcoming Lovecraft Readathon.  This is an amazing look into the impact that our Providence Public Library had on a young H.P. Lovecraft.  I can’t tell you how exciting and gratifying it is to think about how our collections might have molded that mind!  

If you are a Lovecraft fan and want to experience the PPL as we read several of his works aloud and listen to local musicians inspired by him, come on August 23rd, 7-10pm to our Lovecraft Readathon

Tin Pan Alley composer Harold Freeman had his own publishing company in Providence.    RI Collection is looking for local musicians to get involved with an exhibition we’re planning for next spring.   Let me know if you’d be interested in attending an open house later this month to view a variety of music collections from our Special Collectiond dept as an inspirational jumping off point.  #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #401 #music #sheetmusic #worldwarone #ww1 #popularmusic #americana (at Providence Public Library)

Tin Pan Alley composer Harold Freeman had his own publishing company in Providence. RI Collection is looking for local musicians to get involved with an exhibition we’re planning for next spring. Let me know if you’d be interested in attending an open house later this month to view a variety of music collections from our Special Collectiond dept as an inspirational jumping off point. #providence #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #401 #music #sheetmusic #worldwarone #ww1 #popularmusic #americana (at Providence Public Library)

Talk about an armed robbery!  (Ba dum bum).  This 1936 mug shot notes that this bank robber used an interesting technique - “goes into bank and uses gum on the end of a stick to pull bills and bonds from tellers cage”.  On display with other forensic photography as part of our exhibition celebrating the 150th of the Providence Police Dept.  #providence #police #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #mugshot #forensics #photography #bankrobber #exhibitions #libraries (at Providence Public Library)

Talk about an armed robbery! (Ba dum bum). This 1936 mug shot notes that this bank robber used an interesting technique - “goes into bank and uses gum on the end of a stick to pull bills and bonds from tellers cage”. On display with other forensic photography as part of our exhibition celebrating the 150th of the Providence Police Dept. #providence #police #rhodeisland #rhodeislandhistory #mugshot #forensics #photography #bankrobber #exhibitions #libraries (at Providence Public Library)