Distributed April 29, 2003
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Brown University Library plays key role in Rhode Island Treasures
The Brown University Library is lending a variety of historically significant items from its collection for display in Rhode Island Treasures, a Smithsonian exhibition tracing more than 350 years of Rhode Island history. The exhibit will open May 10 and continue through June 15, 2003, at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A variety of items from the Brown University Library will be used to help illustrate more than 350 years of Rhode Island history in the new exhibit, Rhode Island Treasures, opening May 10 and continuing through June 15, 2003, at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The exhibit spans more than 350 years of the history of America's smallest state, with more than 125 historic artifacts displayed together for the first time. Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council, the show celebrates the 400th birthday of Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams.
“Founded in 1767, Brown University Library is a vital repository for many Rhode Island historical artifacts,” said Samuel Streit, associate University librarian for special collections. “We are very pleased to lend items from our special collections to enhance the exhibition and allow the public to view these historical objects.”
“When America's Smithsonian came to Providence a few years ago, it was an instant hit, attracting more than 285,000 people in 30 days,” said George Donnelly, executive director of the Providence Tourism Council and organizer of Rhode Island Treasures. “That exhibit demonstrated that the people of Rhode Island have a passion for history and that the Rhode Island Convention Center is a good venue for blockbuster shows.
“We've dusted off that model to create Rhode Island Treasures, a 35-day exhibit that celebrates the history of our state,” Donnelly continued. “We believe 100,000 people will come to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.”
Items from the Brown University Library that are scheduled to be exhibited in Rhode Island Treasures include:
Hours for Rhode Island Treasures are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information, call (800) 562-9895 or visit www.ritreasures.com.