Candle in the Window


History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Block Island Historical Society invites you to shine your own light of truth by purchasing a candle in one of our windows. Let’s light up our building during these dark days and times, a beacon of history and hope. Each light helps us remember that the Block Island Historical Society exists so our time here won’t be forgotten by those who come after us.

Watch our windows light up with your donations day by day on Instagram.



Sincere thanks to all who have donated so far.


  • Gerry AbbottIn memory of Virginia Butterfield
  • Gerry AbbottIn memory of Rick Foreman
  • Martha BallIn honor of the 1942 Historical Society Founders
  • Lois BendokasIn honor of William Bendokas
  • Vashti BrotherhoodIn memory of John Brotherhood
  • Cynthia ChanningIn memory of Our papa Nicholas M. Ball, Love Anna, Jacqui and Sam
  • Amelia CoffinIn honor of Bobby Cooper
  • William CooperIn honor of Barbara Cooper and Judy Healy
  • Bernice DangelasIn memory of Marilyn, Ken, and Cliff Rose
  • Gary Eddey
  • Steven FilippiTo the memory of Paul Filippi Sr.
  • Tricia Foley
  • Eliza & Emma GreenmanIn honor of Peter and Sandy Greenman, our beloved BI grandparents!
  • Norman GuilbertIn memory of Joe Wanko, my grandfather, who introduced me to beautiful Block Island over 50 years ago
  • Sue HagedornTo honor Chuck Paterson, may you blaze on!
  • Elizabeth HassingerIn memory of Herman Hassinger, founding member of the Historic District Commission
  • Celeste Helterline
  • Linda JacksonIn memory of James and Beatrice (Facteau) Jackson
  • Judy Tripler KatzIn honor of my grandparents, Harold B. and Mabel M. Tripler
  • Victoria Kikuchi
  • Sharon LehmanIn memory of Steve Draper
  • Mimi LeveilleIn honor of Francis Gavin
  • Barbara MacMullanIn memory of Eugene MacMullan
  • Dwight MerriamIn Honor of Martha Stone
  • Lynn MorrisIn honor of Jim Sherlock who loved his visits to Block Island as the whole Morris Family has done for over 20 years
  • Dr. King OdellTo honor Sam and Eleanor Mott
  • Laura RosenzweigA donation from Laura and Phil Rosenzweig of Lewis Farm
  • Dana RowanIn honor of Roy and Helen Rowan
  • Heather SheaIn memory of Herb and Ruth Wilkins
  • Bob & Sandy ShermanIn memory of Steve Sherman. With love always Bob and Sandy Sherman
  • David Sinclair
  • Jane SullivanIn memory of Dorothy Sullivan
  • Jane VercelliIn memory of Peter Vercelli who loved Block Island so much

Cupola Lights

  • Mary AubutIn memory of Roger Aubut
  • Edith BlaneIn honor of Jean Napier
  • Joseph and Roseannette Starr BowenIn memory of Rose Charlotte Starr Murphy and her sons Jack and Denny
  • Lisa BuisoIn memory of the Thomas family of High St
  • Robin BurkeIn honor of Mary and Bob Newhouse. Beacons in my life and keepers of the Block Island flame.
  • Kelly CaseIn Memory of Sally and Renwick Case
  • Carmen CastellanosIn memory of Myles and Patricia Colleran
  • Carmen CastellanosIn memory of Doris and Frank Payne
  • Merrily ColeIn honor of C.R. McGinnes Jr
  • Merrily ColeIn honor of Marjorie McGinnes
  • Joseph GigliettiIn memory of all of the seafaring mariners who served aboard the many ferries past and present that served Block Island
  • Ann GillIn memory of Ronald Gill
  • Ann GillIn memory of Bernice Gill
  • James HalbertIn honor of Elizabeth H. Heston
  • William Huggins
  • Jeffrey KimballIn honor of Doris Payne
  • Jeffrey KimballIn honor of Frank Payne
  • Megan KozakIn honor of Bette Jones
  • Katie KretschmerIn honor of Charity Dodge Ball
  • Katie KretschmerIn honor of Susan Kretschmer
  • Sean & Julia KunicIn honor of Historical Society staff
  • Sean & Julia KunicIn honor of Ed & Bobbi Ludke
  • Keith & Kathy LangIn memory of Neil Lang
  • Keith & Kathy LangIn memory of Mary Noonan
  • Maureen LawtonIn honor of Captain Harold H Smith
  • Jon MacKenzieIn honor of James A MacKenzie
  • Jon MacKenzieIn honor of Joan MacKenzie
  • Susan MarteIn memory of Mike Mulholland
  • Cynthia PassmoreIn loving memory of Ken Ritzinger
  • Nina StackIn honor of Pam & John Gasner
  • Nina StackIn honor of Keith & Kathy Lang
  • Barbara Frances TaylorIn memory of her mother Barbara Jones Taylor
  • Lisa ThimbleIn memory of Donald Thimble. Love and miss you daddy, Lisa Mae
  • Jeanne WarnerIn memory of Jerry, Evelyn & Jerry, Jr. Warner-Hamden, CT