St. Lucy’s Catholic Parish 909 West Main Road (Rte. 114), Middletown, RI
The next RIGS members’ meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16th at St. Lucy’s Catholic Parish Hall in Middletown. This half-day meeting will begin at 12:30 pm with coffee and goodies.
Come hear Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War, speak about this most interesting attempt by the French and Americans to oust the British from Newport. The campaign concludes with the Battle of Rhode Island, which occurred at Portsmouth on August 28, 1778, 240 years ago. The largest battle in New England during the American Revolutionary War, its importance is underrated.
Christian McBurney is an independent historian whose prior six Rhode Island and Revolutionary War books include World War II Rhode Island (History Press, 2017); Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014) and The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011). He is also the chief publisher and editor of the Online Review of Rhode Island History (smallstatebighistory.com), with more than twenty contributing authors.
Barbara Carroll began her genealogical research in 1986. She has been an independent contractor for NEHGS and for the RI Historical Society, as well as a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her specialties are Rhode Island and Italian research. She has presented many talks and workshops in Italian research, and is the editor and compiler of Voices of Rhode Island’s Italian Americans, the culmination of an oral history project by the Italian American Historical Society of RI. Her presentation will include how to find US records which will ensure a more successful search in Italy, and how to find and search the increasing number of original Italian records which are available in various places.
If you would like to bring something for the refreshment table, it would be very much appreciated. Please join us and bring along your non-member friends. Free and open to the public!
—Coffee and light refreshments
—Christian McBurney & Barbara Carroll
West Bay: From Providence take Rte. 95 South to Rte. 4 South follow signs for No. Kingstown. Continue straight on US Rte. 1. Take Rte. 138 E ramp to Jamestown/ Newport. Over Newport Bridge. Keep left to continue 138 E. Take 138 ext. on left towards Fall River/ Cape Cod. Merge onto Rte. 138/ RI138. Turn left onto Rte. 138/ Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Turn left onto West Main Rd/Rte. 114. St. Lucy’s will be 1-1/2 miles on the right. East Bay: From East Providence, Barrington, Bristol take Rte. 114 South. Over Mt. Hope Bridge. Continue south on Rte. 114 into Middletown. St. Lucy’s will be on your left across from Staples.