CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM: Virtual Program
A Tale of Two Gentlemen: Providence's Henry Lippitt, Portland's Ruggles Morse, and the Homes they Created
Thursday, February 16, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Join this illustrated talk discussing how Providence’s Henry Lippitt and Portland’s Ruggles Morse used the design of their homes to shape their public image. Lippitt House Museum Director Carrie Taylor and Victoria Mansion Director of Education & Public Programs Stacia Hanscom will explore details of both sites and the meanings behind them.
Even though both Victorian-era mansions have strikingly similar interiors and exteriors, the successful businessmen had very different origin stories. Why did men with such dissimilar backgrounds end up building such similar houses? What messages were they sending through the design of their homes? Time will be allocated for audience questions.
PAST EVENTS & RECORDED PROGRAMS
DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION & COMBATING FAKE NEWS
A TWO-PART COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES
The violent attempt to disrupt the electoral process on January 6, 2021 shook many Americans’ faith in our democratic system. What impact can actions taken at the local level have when we come together and relearn the power of citizenship and community? As Rhode Islanders, what can we do to rebuild our civil society when we address threats to civic education and journalism?
This conversation series was a partnership between Lippitt House Museum and the Providence League of Women Voters. Financial support provided by the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund.
DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: THE ROLE OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND ITS IMPORTANCE FOR CIVIC HEALTH
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Program recording available on
Civics isn't just for students -- it's about community. For American democracy to thrive it requires informed and engaged community members, and everyone should feel empowered and motivated to participate in civil society. To realize this, all community members need unfettered access to civic systems, should understand the machines of government, and be able to make informed policy and electoral choices. Program participants -- youth leaders with Rhode Island Civic Learning Coalition; Marcos Bonilla, Genesis Center’s Citizenship Prep Course alum; and Julia Renaud of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities come together for a lively multi-generational dialogue about the value of civic education for the health of our democracy.
DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDIA LITERACY & COMBATING FAKE NEWS
Wednesday March 16, 2022
Program recording available on
Misinformation plants seeds of mistrust in democratic processes and undermines the systems of government. What responsibility do journalists and media personalities have for identifying incorrect or deliberately misleading information especially in widespread electronic media including podcasts? What responsibility do individuals have to their community to be critical media consumers in what they view, listen to, and share? Where and how do we draw the line between fake news and free speech rights? This program was a dialogue around the vital role media plays in civic society and the importance of media literacy to an informed community. Participants: Ed Fitzpatrick, Boston Globe staff writer covering Rhode Island; Renee Hobbs, Founder of the Media Education Lab at URI; Lynette Labinger, Attorney specializing in First Amendment cases.
LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM
Rosé Garden Party
Sunday, July 10, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Lippitt House Museum hosted the Rosé Garden Party on July 10th. This event benefitting the Museum featured croquet and lawn games, musical performances by Minor Swing and The Tropigals, fantastic raffle prizes, an assortment of rosé wines for tasting, and light bites and desserts. Guests were encouraged to dress in "Garden Party Formal" and many embraced the vintage-inspired theme.
Perfect weather, some fantastic garb, a dance performance all set in the lovely Lippitt House Museum Garden made for a delightful evening.
Click below for photos from the event, and be sure to watch for tickets next year as this event did sell out.