Block Island Historical Society

Celebrating Block Island and preserving its history for future generations
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Block Island Resources

Oral History

Explore over one hundred recordings of stories told by island residents. Collected beginning in 2000, these stories offer an intimate, personal way of preserving and sharing the heritage of this unique place.

On the Corner …

The Society was founded in 1942. To help celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2017, The Block Island Times published a series of sketches and photographs of items in our collection.

Photo Archive

Browse a selection of historic postcards and photographs from the Society’s collection. If you’d like to see more, pay us a visit.

Block Island Timeline

Explore key events in the history of Block Island, starting with the Niantic settlement about 1500 years ago. Click any of the events to learn more.

Art Trail Map

Planning a visit to the island? History isn’t the only thing to see! Take a self-guided tour of local galleries and studios with the free Block Island Art Trail Map. Also includes farmers’ market locations.

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September 2018

September 2018 Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 1 @ 8:00 amSunday, September 30 @ 12:00 am

September 2018 Calendar of Events Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401) 466-2481                                          blockislandhistorical.org Gallery and museum open: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues-Sun through Columbus Day. Admission is $6 per person, $4 for seniors/students. Kids under 16 and Members are free. Research and tours by appointment. Featured exhibit: Surrounded by Sea Sept 16 – Annual Meeting. Program: “Block Island Oral History Project: Memories of the Hurricane of ‘38” Special guided tours:  “The Island’s Attic” – Interesting objects from the archives and…

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Museum

Our Museum offers a rich collection of artifacts and memorabilia that bring to life the history of the island over the past 2500 years. Exhibits change regularly.

Tours

Take a guided walking tours of the Old Harbor, a Manissean Village site, and more — including personalized genealogical tours to help you explore your own Block Island heritage.

Shop

The Museum Shop is a great place to find artwork by island artists, as well as historical photos, maps, posters, T-shirts, postcards, and all things Block Island.

Private Events

Interested in hosting a private event at the Society? Talk to us!