John K. Robertson Ph.D. “The French Fort at Butts Hill”

John K Robertson Lecture on the French at Butts Hill Fort

The Battle of Rhode Island Association Lecture Series sponsored by the Whalley Family Foundation and the Portsmouth Historical Society continued with the Col. Burton C. Quist Lecture Series featuring Dr. John Robertson and his presentation: “The French Fort at Butts Hill.” on Monday June 17th, Portsmouth Friends Church, Portsmouth, RI. This talk is the second annual under the banner of “The Col. Burton C. Quist Lecture Series”, in memory of our late founding Director, friend, and mentor who passed away in January, 2023. This lecture focused on additional research, some done in concert with Dr. Robert A. Selig, a noted historian on Rochambeau whose engineers built the last phase of Butts Hill Fort.

Alan Hoffman on Lafayette

Battle of Rhode Island Association Lecture Series Sponsored by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Societies of the Cincinnati continued with Alan Hoffman speaking at the Varnum Armory Museum for Varnum Members on May 13th 2024.

Dr. Robert A. Selig presents “Rochambeau’s Engineers at Butts Hill Fort”

The Battle of Rhode Island Association Lecture Series sponsored by the Rhode Island Senate Legislature and the General Society of Colonial Wars continue as we partner with the Portsmouth Historical Society and the Varnum House Museum to bring a series of lectures from historian Dr. Robert A. Selig in Portsmouth and East Greenwich.

Dr. Robert A. Selig presents “The Culture of Death”

Selig Thumb nail for Culture of Death

The Battle of Rhode Island Association Lecture Series sponsored by the Rhode Island Senate Legislature and the General Society of Colonial Wars continue as we partner with the Portsmouth Historical Society and the Varnum House Museum to bring a series of lectures from historian Dr. Robert A. Selig in Portsmouth and East Greenwich.

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.