Learn about Barrington's 'Captains of Industry' on Tuesday


Local history buffs should plan on stopping by the Barrington Public Library on Tuesday night, Dec. 11.

That's when a few Roger Williams University students will deliver a presentation on the town's former "Captains of Industry" and the town's industrial past from 1820 through 1860. The students will presents new research they conducted this fall as part of a funded partnership between the Barrington Preservation Society and RWU's Community Partnership Center.

The class’s starting point was the 1820 U.S. Federal Census, where 34 Barrington households reported that they engaged in manufacturing.  Then, using archives, land evidence, and other local resources, the class researched the labor and social history of these Barrington families. Come discover more about Grindel and Lucretia Chace.

Find out when the Tiffany ice business began on Prince’s Pond.  Come see a little-known map of Barrington from 1866 that has been digitized and enlarged for study purposes.

Finally, the class mapped “People in Place” using the earliest detailed map of Barrington, from 1851. This aspect of the project was designed as an innovative prototype for the digital humanities. It provides new contexts for understanding about 25 historic buildings and locations in Barrington, and the men and women who lived and worked here.

An informal exhibition of the research will be on view before the talk.  A question and answer period will follow the class presentation, which begins at 7 p.m.

The event will be held inside the second floor library auditorium.


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