State archives begins new exhibition series of unique items
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new exhibition series at the Rhode Island State Archives aims to showcase the unique and unexpected collections available there.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says the series, “For the Record,” will help visitors understand the variety of resources and pieces of Rhode Island history at the archives.
The first exhibition in the series explores the history of inventions and industries in Rhode Island over 150 years, through patent models, trademarks and incorporation documents of businesses.
Highlights include a patent model of a coffee urn from 1879 and Ann Franklin’s petition to print the Acts of the Colony from 1736.
It runs through February.
The archives, located on Westminster Street in downtown Providence, are free and open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.