Rhode Tour is a free mobile application and website that features several historically and humanities-themed tours and stories from around the state using multi-media such as photographs and videos. Of relevance to this chapter, Rhode Tour invites you to tour Old Traditions in a New Home: Immigration in Reservoir Triangle, Second Shift: New Bedford’s Industrial and Immigrant Heritage, and Latinos in Rhode Island. Rhode Tour stories relevant to this chapter include A. and L. Tirocchi Gowns and Kendrick-Prentice Tirocchi House.
The Choices Program at Brown University created this interactive timeline and associated resources focused on U.S. immigration policy.
Teaching Tolerance’s topic page on immigration offers magazine articles, learning plans, and more to support discussions about immigration in the classroom.
The Steamship Historical Society’s education website, STEAMing into the Future, features lessons in all subject areas relating to many themes, including immigration. Their immigration lessons can be found on this page.
This video gives more information about the Kendrick-Prentice Tirocchi House, referred to as the Wedding Cake House in this chapter.
See this short video about Touro Synagogue by the Rhode Island Historical Society’s executive director Dr. C. Morgan Grefe with Rhode Island PBS.
Relevant Articles from the Rhode Island History Journal
- Bardaglio, Peter W. “Italian Immigrants and the Catholic Church in Providence 1890-1930.” Rhode Island History 34, no. 2 (1975): 47-57.
- Chaput, Erik J. “‘The Rhode Island Question’: The Career of a Debate.” Rhode Island History 68, no. 2 (2010): 47-76.
- Coleman, Peter J. and Penelope K. Majeske. “British Immigrants in Rhode Island During the War of 1812.” Rhode Island History 34, no. 3 (1975): 66-71.
- Conser, Walter H. Jr. “Ethnicity and Politics in Rhode Island: The Career of Frank Licht.” Rhode Island History 44, no. 4 (1985): 97-108.
- Wheeler, Robert A. “Fifth Ward Irish-Immigrant Mobility in Providence 1850-1870.” Rhode Island History 32, no. 2 (1973): 53-61.
Suggested Field Trips and Locations of Note
The Cape Verdean Museum is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the history and culture of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean Americans. The Museum has exhibits telling many stories, including immigration packets.
The Lippitt House Museum offers tours and programs covering many topics, one of which is immigration. The house tour discusses specific servants that lived in the house and served the Lippitts, some of whom were immigrants.
The Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children, many of whom immigrated to Rhode Island, in search of a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
The Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center at the Rhode Island Historical Society hosts a variety of resources related to immigration and naturalization for researchers to explore.
Touro Synagogue also offers tours to the public