October 17, 2018

East Providence Historical Society News

“2nd Sunday” Fall Open Houses December 10th 1:00 - 3:30pm


John Hunt Museum - 65 Hunts Mills Road - 02916

“Holiday Hike” : meet Ernie Germani of EP Conservation at the Gazebo -1:30

December Special: Annual Britto Family Horse-Drawn Hayride
Hot cocoa and cookies / family activities/ music
Co-sponsored with Councilman Brittos’s family. Hayrides 1-3pm only!
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry

Fall Exhibit: “All Quiet on the Rappahannock Tonight: the Civil War letters of Lt. Peter Hunt -1861-1964”

In August 1861, a young man, 18 years old, full of idealism and assured that “the Con-federacy will fold before Christmas” refuses his family’s offer of a surrogate soldier and goes off to fight for the Union in the RI Light Artillery. Every Sunday evening, Peter Hunt of the Hunt’s Mills family, writes home to his mother, Nancy Waterman Hunt. An accomplished writer, Peter describes his surroundings and adventures but soon enough writes lengthy tales of battle and of escaping with only what he carried with him.
This is the closing date for the Lt. Peter Hunt Civil War exhibit. Descendants of Peter’s brothers, Daniel and Horatio, will be on hand to greet visitors. The Hunt parlor showcas-es family artifacts from the Civil War era, among them, Peter’s battle sword, his bible and the photo album he carried with him. The EPHS’ new boook (see above) will be for sale and can be autographed. Please join us for this special family day.

The EPHS is a volunteer organization in its 50th year dedicated to the preservation of local history. We maintain the c.1751 John Hunt House Museum/ genealogy library at 65 Hunts Mills Road in the Hunts Mills Local Historic District, participate in the URI Master Gar-dening program, and provide educational programs open to the public. For more infor-mation visit info@ephist.org or call 438-1750.


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