May 25, 2020

East Providence Historical Society News


“2nd Sunday” Fall Open Houses Nov 10 / Dec 8 (Hayride!)
1:00 - 3:30 pm

John Hunt Museum - 65 Hunts Mills Road - 02916

“ Hikes At Hunt’s”- 1:30 at the Gazebo
History with “Jabba the Generator” - The Pump House 2:30
Ongoing Fall Activity for Children

It has been some time since the Pump House at Hunt’s Mills has been open to the public. If you have always wondered what the building looks like on the inside, now is your chance to walk in AND get the lowdown on its history with Ned Connors, a local and an industrial historian by trade. Jabba is really worth the visit! Please put “Hayride Day” on your calendars! The Britto family is proudly sponsoring this wonderful family event once again.

Public Meeting - Monday, Nov 25 - 6:30 refreshments/ 7 pm program
Riverside Library - 475 Bullocks Point Avenue 02915

“The Civilian Conservation Corps: a Local Boy Finds Adventure!”
Leo Caisse - speaker

In the depths of the Great Depression, with unemployment at 25%, the US gov-ernment unveiled a new program, the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was aimed at young men, 18 years or older, who had no prospect of jobs. When the age lim-it was lowered to 17, a young man from Warren grabbed at the chance to help his family and have the adventure of a lifetime. He was sent to Oregon!
Our speaker, Leo Caisse, heard all about this adventure as a boy, reliving with his dad those years in the Corps. Leo, a resident of East Providence, is an inde-pendent historian/researcher and member of the EPHS. He also sits on the EP Historic District Commission and has presented a public program about the Rumford Rifle Range. Leo has a BA/MA in history from Providence College and has had articles published in area newspapers, the “America in WW II” magazine, and the on-line sites, “Small State, Big History” and “NE Historical Society” (his full article on the Civilian Corps)


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