Dr. Shirley Green and The Frank Brothers

Dr.Shirley Green and the Frank Brothers Lecture

Dr. Green will speak about her book, Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence (Westholme Publishing, 2023). Her lecture follows the lives of William and Benjamin Frank, two brothers who enlisted in Rhode Island Regiments during the American Revolutionary War in the spring of 1777. The brothers’ experiences include two major battles, including the Battle of Rhode Island, and also underscore the distinction between free Blacks in the military service and those who had been enslaved, and how they responded in different ways to the harsh realities of war.

Robert A. Geake on the 1st RI Regiment

Geake Lecture

The Battle of Rhode Island Association’s Lecture Series sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati continues with our partners at Rhode Island Slave History Medallions, the Middle Passage and Port Markers Project and NAACP Newport Chapter for a lecture by historian Robert A. Geake. The talk “Guardians of Liberty: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in East Greenwich, Newport, and Philadelphia“.

Dr. Friederike Baer and Hessians in Rhode Island

The Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) Lecture Series sponsored by BankNewport continued with our partners the Varnum Memorial Armory on Thursday, December 7th at The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, 6 Main St, East Greenwich As we present Author and historian Dr. Friederike Baer and her lecture: “I cannot call it a Conquest – the Rebels ran away like Villains”: German Soldiers in Rhode Island, 1776 to 1779″.

Jay Waller on Conflict Archaeology

On Thursday October 26th, the BoRIA Lecture Series sponsored by BankNewport continued as The Public Archaeology Lab (PAL) Senior Archaeologist Jay Waller discussed battlefield/conflict archaeology and summarize the results and preliminary interpretations of the Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) investigations at two properties to date. BoRIA is committed to researching, documenting, and sharing Rhode Island’s involvement in the American Revolutionary War with particular emphasis on the Rhode Island Campaign and the Revolutionary earthworks on Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth. Their efforts have drawn the attention of several property owners whose lands are included in the Battle of Rhode Island battlefield. BoRIA volunteers have begun a forensic study of actions of August 29, 1778, with the generous support of private property owners and the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Janet Uhlar on Nathanael Greene

Ms. Uhlar’s lecture is General Nathanael Greene: Savior of the Continental Army. An iron-master from Coventry, Nathanael Greene walked away from his Quaker upbringing regarding pacifism to become a private in the Kentish Guards militia unit and ultimately second-in-command of the Continental Army. With no formal military training. he would become known as the strategist of the American Revolution.

Maria Vazquez on Byfield’s Flag

On Wednesday, September 20th at 6 pm at Innovate Newport, in Newport Rhode Island, The Battle of Rhode Island Association with our partners the Middletown Historical Society and the Varnum Memorial Armory present a lecture from Maria Vazquez, Textile Conservator, on Conserving Byfield’s Flag, the Oldest in America.

Rhode Island Revolutionary War Defenses – John Robertson

John Robertson Lecture, Bristol Rhode Island Rogers Free Library

John K. Robertson, Ph.D., is a Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with 23 years of service and served on the faculty at West Point. The lecture is based on his new book “Revolutionary War Defenses in Rhode Island.” The book was a 10-year research effort and contains almost 300 maps and plans showing defensive fortifications along most of the coast of Narragansett Bay and southern Rhode Island. Many of the maps are of fortifications on Aquidneck Island, which was occupied during the Revolutionary War at various times by the Americans, British, and French.

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island

Christian McBurney Lecture: Spies in the Revolution

Author Christian McBurney speaks in Little Compton about his book “Spies In Revolutionary Rhode Island”. Recorded April 4th 2023 for the Little Compton Historical Society and The Battle of Rhode Island Association.