January 29 at the Roots Cultural Center


The Roots Cultural Center will present a happy hour 3D presentation of selected views of downtown Providence from the Rhode Island Historical Society’s graphics collection.  Before the advent of CGI, photographers developed tricks for creating images that conveyed an illusion of the three-dimensional world around them.  Two photographs were taken of the same scene two and a half inches apart, about the distance between the eyes.  When both photos are seen through a hand-held viewer, the brain combines them into a single image with all the depth of a three-dimensional world.


Stereoviews peaked in popularity in the second half of the 19th-century and featured subjects that ranged from popular tourist attractions, to natural wonders, to sentimental portraits.  Inexpensively printed, they offered Americans a chance to view their expanding nation without ever leaving the comfort of their own parlors.


While many views were produced of major tourist sites like Niagara Falls, more intimate views were made of towns and cities for smaller distribution.  The Rhode Island Historical Society is excited to share its collection of stereoviews made of Providence in the 19th-century.  See the capitol city with the same stunning depth and clarity that its photographers saw, a century and a half ago.


The center will provide the 3D glasses, you provide the ohhhhs and ahhhhs.  Narration will be provided by historian and stereo enthusiast Ned Connors.


Date:  Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Time:  6:00pm

Where:  Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI


Cost:  $5:00 Suggested Donation

2013: Faith & Freedom at the Rhode Island Historical Society

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island was formed with a unique charter that spelled out more rights than any other document of its kind.  In 2013, as we mark the issuance of Rhode Island’s charter we ask: how has Rhode Island been shaped by its at once very religious population and its steadfast connection to tolerance?


About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House and Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Library of Rhode Island History, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.   To learn more visit

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