This first year seminar is designed to engage students in the basic concepts of historical study through the world of objects -- boats, dresses, plows, houses, wagons, watches, silver cups, wigs, blankets, animals, land, gardens, hammers, desks, etc. -- a
Online copy (with digital transcription) of the diary discussed by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Compiled by filmmaker Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, this site is a digital companion to her film version of Ulrich's book A Midwife's Tale, allowing viewers to explore Ballard's diary in broader detail by enhancing understanding of its historical and social context.
ARTstor is a digital library of close to two million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, social sciences, and history of science with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images.
Compiled by student Yannling Lim '03, under the direction of University Curator Rob Emlen, this site includes information on the numerous historic and antique clocks owned by Brown and housed across campus.
Although touted for its associations with the famous portraitist, the site is notable for its water-driven mills, both original to the 18th century and operated for demonstration, as well as for its colonial herb garden. The larger mill is occasionally still used to grind grain, the smaller snuff mill is located inside the house. Other working 18th century grist mills can be found in Perryville (Carpenter's Grist Mill), and Adamsville (Gray's Grist Mill). although both now utilize electricity rather than water power to turn the mill stone.
A historic site in Wickford, Rhode Island, operated by the Cocumscossuc Association, Smith's Castle was originally a trading post where English settlers met with native peoples of the region to exchange goods. In 1675, at the height of King Phillip's War, English colonists from Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth and Connecticut slaughtered Narragansett people in their home village nearby. Check the Gardens link for information on local plants used for medicinal purposes and textile dyes .
Located in Shrewsbury (Massachusetts) and operated by Harvard University, this small house museum encompasses a wealth of information about early American life. Check out the online tour and the online collections search, courtesy of Harvard's VIA database.
Now operated by the Rhode Island Historical Society, the John Brown House descended from John Brown to later generations of the Brown family until donated by John Nicholas Brown to the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1936.
Operated by Native people, the Tomoquag Museum tells the story of the original inhabitants of Rhode Island through traditional arts, music and celebrations such as the Maple Sugar Thanksgiving and the Corn Planting Moon.