Accomplishments by the RICWSCC

Civil War 150 National Traveling Exhibit and Civil War Beat Event

The Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission is pleased to share that the Rhode Island State House was one of 50 sites nationwide to host Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in partnership with The Library of America. The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Civil War 150 is divided into five panels: The Nation Divides, 1861: The Union is Dissolved, This Cruel War, 1863: Turning Points, and The Price of Victory (1864–1865). Drawing from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, each section traces major events during the Civil War.

In partnership with the RICWSCC and the Civil War 150 exhibit, the TseTse Gallery, students from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, and various notable musical and dance artists came together to create an event creatively interpreting the themes of the Civil War 150 exhibit through dance, song, and a visit and interview of Abraham Lincoln. Find out more about this amazing event on this page.

RI Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Annual Report

This document contains the Commission's report to the Rhode Island General Assembly on its accomplishments, activities, and resources developed or shared about the Civil War and its effect on Rhode Island.
RICWSCC Annual Report [PDF]

The Rhode Island Home Front in the Civil War Era Publication

The Rhode Island Home Front in the Civil War Era is a collaborative effort by Chief Justice (ret.) Frank J. Williams and Chairman of the Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, along with co-authors, University of Rhode Island Professor Maury Klein; Roger Williams University Professor Jim Tackach; Naval War College Professor Mac Owens; with co-editors Frank J. Williams and Patrick T. Conley, Esq.

It contains an introduction and four chapters that examine various aspects (political, economic, social relations, literary) of the Civil War's effect on Rhode Island - and the effect of Rhode Island's actions on the events of the Civil War.

The House of Representatives presented a General Assembly grant of $5,000 to Chief Justice (ret.) Frank J. Williams, of the Commission, for publication of The Rhode Island Home Front in the Civil War Era.

Patrick T. Conley, Esq., Mark Roberts, and Chief Justice (ret.)
Frank J. Williams at the December 4, 2013 book launch of
The Rhode Island Home Front in the Civil War Era at the Fabre Line Club.

The Rhode Island Home Front in the Civil War Era publication is available for purchase!

The cost for the book is $20.00 and that includes postage and handling.
When you send your check, please include a note with the name and address (shipping information) for where you would like the book to be sent.
Checks can be made payable to the "Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission" and be sent to:
RI Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission
Attn: Publication
1111 Main Street
Hope Valley, RI 02832

Tribute to Gettysburg
"A Tribute to the Battle of Gettysburg" took place on July 26, 2013, at the Newport Casino Theater in Newport, RI. It was a musical-theatrical show to commemorate this battle fought July 1-3, 1863. It combined scenes performed by Fred Zilian as Abe Lincoln and music from a 44-piece orchestra conducted by Troy Quinn. Chief Justice (Ret.) Frank Williams served as the master of ceremonies, and Ray Rickman made a guest appearance as Frederick Douglass. (This Tribute was presented by the Fort Adams Trust, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization.)


Abraham Lincoln and the Fort Adams Trust present
A Tribute to the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln
Friday, April 17, 2015 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, Newport, RI

To finish the Civil War Sesquicentennial, please join us for a musical-theatrical commemoration in which we honor the valor and devotion of all soldiers who fought in this epic struggle which launched our country into a new era. You will witness scenes from my presidency, including the fateful meeting with my cabinet in September, 1862, when I announced the Emancipation Proclamation, and also the reading of the Gettysburg Address.
You will hear a 46-piece orchestra play period and other music selections including Variations on a Shaker Theme by Aaron Copland, selections from the films Gettysburg and Lincoln by John Williams, and America the Beautiful.
Yours, sincerely,
A. Lincoln

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