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|Sunday, 16th March||Boston, MA
Providence, RI (the Rhode Island State House, downtown, the Providence River waterfront, College Hill and the Roger Williams National Memorial)
|Tuesday, 18th March||Providence, RI|
|Thursday, 20th March||Providence, RI|
|Friday, 21st March||Providence, RI|
|Saturday, 22nd March||Brown University
Rhode Island State House
|Sunday, 23rd March||Flood level markers|
The view from my hotel window, looking out over the Inner Harbour and the airport.
A slightly more comprehensive visit to Providence than the hour or so I spent there with Kita on a road trip in June 2010. Nicer weather, too!
Roger Williams founded Providence after being thrown out of Massachusetts for being too puritanical. A tiny National Parks property: just a couple of city blocks. Imagine the poor rangers who signed up to be at Yellowstone or Yosemite and ended up in downtown Providence.
Views of Providence from the 11th-floor conference room.
Gun Totem, a sculpture by Boris Bally, made from a thousand handguns collected by a scheme to reduce the number in circulation.
Two sculptures by Birmingham-born sculptor Gilbert Franklin, both on the Rhode Island School of Design campus.
I'm not sure why so many American churches call themselves “First” but the First Baptist Church in America is actually the oldest Baptist congregation in the country. It was founded in 1638 by Roger Williams, who founded Providence after being thrown out of Massachusetts. The building dates from 1775.
Brass plaques in my hotel lobby marking the level of storm surges from the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and Hurricane Carol in 1954. The higher one is at exactly my eye level. In the 1960s, the city built a barrier to prevent these kinds of shenanigans.