Off The Block

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:45am

Preserving Your Family History
Genealogical expert Maureen Taylor, the "Photo Detective," will teach budget-friendly photo preservation basics from storage to labeling and everything in-between. Free; registration not required. Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. She will then discuss how to write a family memoir from 2 to 4 p.m. on the same date. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport. For more information call (401) 847-8720 or visit

Valley Talks
Our annual free lecture series returns with a special focus on local history and the RI Historical Society's yet to be revealed theme for 2017. Presenters discuss local historic and cultural perspectives. Free. Sunday, Jan. 29, begins at 1:30 p.m. Museum of Work and Culture, Market Square, Woonsocket. For more information call (401) 769-9675 or visit

Newport Gallery Night
Art exhibits at galleries include handblown glass, woodblock prints, award-winning photography, international handcrafts, and fine arts. Many of the galleries host opening receptions, and introduce artists and new exhibits on Gallery Night. Free admission to all galleries and free parking at the Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America's Cup Ave., or Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Various venues, Newport. For more information call (401) 848-0550 or visit

Lincoln's Birthday Celebration
Tour the Arnold House in honor of President Lincoln's birthday! The town of Lincoln, formerly part of Smithfield, was incorporated in 1871 and named in honor of the sixteenth President. Visit the house, tour the museum, and enjoy some birthday cake. Free. Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleazar Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln. For more information call (401) 728-9696 or visit