Have your travels across the Island taken you to see the newly restored West Gallery at the museum, or a beach walk to the North Light? Do some of your memories involve arriving on the island via ferry at Old Harbor or swimming at Crescent Beach?
Whether you live here, spend time as a visitor, or have ancestors who called Block Island home, the Block Island Historical Society is here to help you experience our shared island, its history, and its future in vibrant ways.
We prize our history as a blueprint for the future, growing and adapting to the present by standing on the foundations of yesterday. Indeed, one of my fondest experiences on Block Island is viewing stonewalls on family hikes and thinking about the people who built them and the way of life 100 to 1000 years ago.
As you plan your year-end giving, please consider supporting The Block Island Historical Society with your most generous unrestricted gift. Your donation will support student internships, new research and exhibits, historic walking tours, expanded storage for our collection, and staff to organize, scan and preserve important historic items.
The Block Island Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and share Block Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future. With your support, we will carry that mission forward into a bright and exciting future.
The Board of Directors
President: Bob Champagne-Willis; Vice Pres., Martha A. Ball; Secretary, Sharon Lehman; Treasurer, Shirlyne Gobern; Dr. Gerald Abbott, Mary E. Anderson, Dan Costa, Carmen Castellanos, Bernice Dangelas, Dorothy Findlay, Paige Gaffett, Sue Hagedorn, John Mott, Carol Hill, Kristine Monje and Tobee McMellon, emerita
Donations to our Annual Fund are always very much appreciated. Fill out the form below, and your donation will be processed securely through PayPal.
We have recently received a $43,000 matching grant to restore the original windows and install custom storm windows on the Historical Society building. That’s great news, but to get the matching funds, we need your donations! If you’d like to have your donation matched, please check “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund” below and choose “Window Fund.”
Join the Society and be part of our mission to celebrate and preserve the history of Block Island! We offer a variety of different membership levels; choose the one that’s appropriate for you. All members receive free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts on event tickets.
Even if you’re not ready to become a member, you can also support the Society by visiting our Shop and Museum.