Category History

Saving Bathsheba, Part 1

Since the earliest Neanderthal burials, our humanity has been defined by how we treat our dead. Today I submitted the following piece for inclusion in the March issue of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society newsletter. There is a lot more to this story. I have a feeling I’ll be working on it for a […]

A story teaser … and an epistemological teaser

BURRILLVILLE, Rhode Island — Last night I joined Norma Sutcliffe to speak about an alleged haunting in a remote Rhode Island town.  We filled the room at the old Sweeney School after the meeting of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society. Norma is an owner of the house that is supposedly haunted. Ever since the […]

This Is the End: The Death of the St. James Hotel, 1986

WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island — This hamlet on the Blackstone River, like other New England mill towns, once rattled around the clock with a populace hard at work and play. Huge buildings—factories, residences, hotels, recreational facilities—sprang up at the river’s edge and along the main streets. But by the 1970s most of the city’s industry had […]