Extraordinary Women of the East Bay
March is Women’s History Month, and it is nothing less than fitting that Linden Place Mansion - the beautiful, 209-year-old downtown Bristol estate of the historic DeWolf family - has chosen to celebrate with a special historical exhibition entitled Extraordinary Women of the East Bay, commemorating the lives, works, and legacies of sixty of Rhode Island’s most famous and influential women.
From Native American queens to suffragettes, freedom fighters to fine artists, Rhode Island has been the home of some of history’s most unique and important women. In collaboration with sixteen local institutions and societies, Roger Williams University archivist Heidi Benedict brings their stories to life in this exhibit in a multimedia journey through historical artifacts, posters, photographs, and more, showcasing some familiar figures while also shining a spotlight on a number of women whose stories have, until now, been overlooked.
Extraordinary Women of the East Bay is on display at the Linden Place Mansion until March 30th - but if you can’t make it in time, no worries; you can see it during the month of April at the Edward King House in Newport. The Mansion is open from 10AM - 4PM, and thanks to a generous grant from Rhode Island’s own Heritage Harbor Foundation, the exhibit is totally free to the public. If you’re looking to make it a full day of historical sightseeing, Linden Place is also the home of the new Bristol Art Museum, and is within a short distance of spots like the Historical & Preservation Society, Herreshoff Marine Museum, and the gorgeous gardens of Blithewold, too.