Surrounded by Sea: Block Island Stories

Block Island Oral History 2000–2001

Coordinators: Jane Musky and Nina Stack

Interviewers: Nina Stack, Jane Musky, Kim Gaffett, Pam Gasner, Martha Ball, Margarite Donnelly

Goal

“Family histories and memories of generations of Block Island that have lived and worked on the island for at least 100 years.”

Method

When possible, 2-3 family members representing different generations were present for the interview

In 1661, 16 families were granted the right to settle Block Island.
Today, several of those original families are still represented on the island.

“The people of today repeat the words, the acts, the feelings, habits and manners of those who lived centuries ago.”

S.T. Livermore

1877, "History of Block Island"

Project completed via grant to Block Island Historical Society from RI Council for the Humanities

Block Island Oral History 2016–2018

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