Wanted: Bits of old Warren


Have any bits of Warren history lying around your house? The Warren Preservation Society may want to borrow them.

Organizers of the society's Oral History Project are looking for specific items, from old ticket stubs to local milk bottles, to round out their exhibit, which starts this fall.

"We have a list of specific items we need in order to round out this exhibit," said coordinator Helen Hawkins. "It's likely current residents have some of these items packed away in boxes or trunks."

The project includes oral histories taken from nine members of the so-called "Silent Generation," or those born between 1925 and 1942. Organizers said of those interviewed, that though their Warren experiences were very different, they all share common characteristics of the generation: Stable family, educated, hardworking, and content.

The items needed for the display would be borrowed in time for the exhibit's opening on Nov. 15, and returned following the close on Dec. 24.

Here is a partial list of items being sought for the display (the dates will range, mostly, from the 1930s to '60s. Photos of:

• Drug stores

• Town Hall canteen dances

• The Horribles Parade

• The 1947 Bicentennial Pageant

• The Navy Ship Yard

• Sailors from the United Kingdom

• The Hurricane of ’38

• The Torch Light Parade

• Amateur art shows

• Swimming in the Warren and Kickemuit rivers

• Burrs Hill Park

• The Warren Festival

• Road running races

• Henry Hands Pond

• Jamiel's Park carnivals

• Candy stores (Barker's Candy)

• Dances at the French Club

• Newberry’s

• Woolworths

• The zipper factory

• Lyric Theatre and Speak-easys.

Also needed are tickets and programs from any of the above. Artifacts being sought include:

• Machine and mill shop tools

• Milk bottles

• Crystal radio sets

• A homemade football

• Signs and advertisements from local stores

• Sports memorabilia such as jerseys and team shirts.

Also, project members are still looking for people to interview. To loan items or find out more about interviews (which will be included in future events) contact Helen Hawkins at 289-2549 or info@preservewarren.org, before Sunday, Sept. 15.

“Warren: A point of view – Stories of the Silent Generation,” is presented in collaboration by the Imago Foundation for the Arts and the Warren Preservation Society. Residents interviewed include Bertha Lial, Don Primiano, Pat Read, Tony DaPonte, Robert Barry, Judith Davidson, Madeline Ernest, Alex Mikulski and Jennie Proto.


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Don't you think someone from the Jamiel Family should be interviewed since they have been a mainstay in Warren for over 80 years? I am sure Bolus Jamiel has lots of memories. Albert Jamiel Senior sold War bonds in front of his department store on Market St, along with his daughters Melia and Zeina.........

Just a thought!

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