Block Island Historical Society

Celebrating Block Island and preserving its history for future generations

In order to protect our community we are following recommendations made by the CDC, State and Local governments and will remain closed until further notice. During this time, we will explore new ways to keep you informed and involved in our mission to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to the future.

For now, you might enjoy browsing our website for great photographs, Block Island Times columns, or oral histories (start with conversations with Rob Lewis). There are so many people to hear from and their stories will put today’s circumstances into perspective.

We thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Block Island Historical Society and will see you soon!

Bob Champagne-Willis, President

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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Past Events

August 2019

Art Guild Fair & Special History Program

Sunday, August 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm
Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807 United States
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9 am - 2pm. Event will be held in West Gallery with Kristine Monje - "School Days".

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September 2019

Art Guild Fair & Special History Program

Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm
Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807 United States
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9 am - 2 pm.

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Annual Meeting Sunday September 8th, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm

Please join us at The Narragansett Inn for The Annual Meeting and Program at 11am. The program is "Storm Stories". There will be a panel of Islanders talking about their experiences of extreme weather here on the Island. Members are welcome.

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Art Guild Fair & Special History Program

Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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Experience Block Island

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 12:00 amSunday, September 29, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Special Tours TBA

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October 2019

Art Guild Fair/Farmers Mkt & Special History Program

Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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Our Museum offers a rich collection of artifacts and memorabilia that bring to life the history of the island over the past 3,500 years. Exhibits change regularly.


Take 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.


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!