Archives offer look back at “Fun in Little Rhody”

Photo of Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, circa 1900, from Rhode Island Secretary of State's Virtual Archives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A new exhibit is offering Rhode Islanders a trip down memory lane by showcasing the history of recreation in the Ocean State.

On Monday, the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office announced the launch of the “Fun in Little Rhody” exhibit at the State Archives.

The exhibit features photographs and memorabilia from local tourist destinations and recreational activities, including Rocky Point, the Warwick Musical Theater, Newport music festivals, fishing tournaments, and more.

Some notable items on display include a 1961 photo of Red Sox great Ted Williams posing with a 557-pound blue fin tuna on Point Judith, a photo of a riverboat in Scituate in 1963, and the full documentary “You Must be This Tall” on the history of Rocky Point,

The “Fun in Little Rhody” exhibit is located at the State Archives at 337 Westminster Street in Providence.  The display is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through August 31.

The exhibit is also viewable online.  Click here to see the virtual “Fun in Little Rhody” exhibit on the Secretary of State’s website.


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