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JULY 4TH, 9 AM – PUBLIC READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

All are invited, young and old, to the fourth annual public reading at the WWI Doughboy monument in front of the old Stone Bridge next to Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton at 9 AM on Independence Day, July 4th. Our Outreach & Education Director Susan Anderson will briefly give a history of several key events in American history that happened prior to this year, laying out the background to what led up to the writing of our founding document. Then the public will take turns in reading passages from the Declaration that they have been given upon arrival. There are a limited number of pocket Constitution/Declaration books that will be given out, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. The whole event usually only takes less than a half hour, so there is plenty of time to head back home to enjoy the parade on television and prepare for backyard celebrations and feasts. But you will leave knowing WHY the document was written and why the day is so special to Americans.

Invite your out-of-town guests to go the next day to see our military tribute exhibit at Chace-Cory House, 3908 Main Road at Tiverton Four Corners. The military tribute exhibit is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 4:30 from June 14 to July 26, and includes uniforms, photographs, maps, documents, and other items from the Revolutionary War era to that of Vietnam. We will be displaying an early 1800′s copy of the Declaration of Independence, a silk flag flown by Washington’s Regiment and restored by URI, a broadside announcing a Tiverton parade in honor of returning WWI soldiers, a civil war uniform, a quilt made from the uniform of a Revolutionary War general (grandfather of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), a Revolutionary War militia roster of Tiverton men, a Civil War discharge document, and other documents and items not usually displayed. There are other items on loan to the exhibit from area citizens and from the Drawing Room of Newport Antiques. The exhibit is free, but a donation toward our building maintenance is greatly appreciated. (We’d like to restore the corn crib this year!)

In addition to the exhibit, there will be presentations on related topics such as Tiverton’s own William Barton July 19th. If a veteran or group or RI resident wishes to speak for an hour or less on one of these Sundays regarding a military-related subject, please contact Susan Anderson at 401-625-1352 or susan@tivertonhistorical.org. Watch the local newspapers and this website for upcoming presentations and dates.

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Those that walk through Weetamoo Woods – or would like to start but don’t know where, you can purchase our own A School Guide to Weetamoo Woods, that relates the history and flora along trails within the woods. If you want this book or some of our Tiverton-related items for gifts during the time when we are closed, you may purchase them at the Mill Pond Shops. (Check the THS Marketplace page for details)

Remember, all purchases and donations to the Tiverton Historical Society are tax-deductible!

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We invite you to visit the historical Chace-Cory House, located at 3908 Main Road at Tiverton Four Corners in the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA. The museum house is open for tours from 2-4:30 PM on Sunday during the months of June to September (or by appointment) and is the headquarters of the Tiverton Historical Society. We sponsor a number of events throughout the year and welcome you to participate in them. In order to keep the roof over our head maintained, we need to charge a small fee for tours. Admission is free to Tiverton Historical Society (THS) members and children under 12 years, $3 for non-members, and $2 for students and seniors (55 years+). Directions

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We accomplished a lot in 2014: THS Accomplishments 2014
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who made it a great year for THS!
Please continue to help us in 2015 and make it even greater!

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The Tiverton Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with its headquarters in the Chace-Cory House. Members and donations are always welcome! Check out our Support THS page to see what items and services we need . . . those needing community service hours can download a log sheet as well.

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