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Dear Members & Friends,

The Block Island Historical Society thanks you for supporting our organization. We have weathered the recent Covid-19 pandemic through the support of our members and the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers.

Our Executive Director, Pam Littlefield Gasner, has served the Society for the past thirty-six years (1985­–2021) and recently retired to spend time with her family. The Block Island community has long recognized Pam as the key representative of the Society’s mission to preserve and protect the Island’s unique history and material culture. During her tenure Pam spearheaded the creation of many summer exhibits including two funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Rugged and Refined (1988) brought attention to the plight of the Southeast Lighthouse before its historic relocation. Manisses: Prehistoric Block Island (1992) revealed important archaeological findings that formed the foundation for our present understanding of Native American life on Block Island. More recently the Society has worked with scholars at the University of Rhode Island whose research focuses on the oldest Town records and Native American life on Block Island, including the topic of slavery that was prevalent in that era. An upcoming traveling exhibit will feature that research.

In 2020–2021 the Historical Society embarked upon a major realignment of our exhibit spaces and refined the chronology of the galleries in our museum. We also refreshed the Museum Shop with many new items and continued our summer program series that cover the breadth of Block Island history.

Our future is in your hands. With your support we will continue to create exhibits that tell the unique story of Block Island History. Whatever your area of interest, you will find exhibits in the Society’s museum that are stimulating, informative, and engaging. Please join and support us as we move beyond the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic into a bright and shining future.

Please support our mission by making a generous donation.

Bob Champagne-Willis, President

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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.

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Even if you’re not ready to become a member, you can also support the Society by visiting our Shop and Museum.