Jamestown: A History of Narragansett Bay's Island Town

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Jamestown, Rhode Island's history has been formed--both for good and ill--by its geography. The town officially encompasses three islands in Narragansett Bay--Conanicut, Dutch and Gould--plus a number of small islets known as "dumplings." Jamestown was part of the larger world when merchants and travelers used the common roadway of the bay. As the speed of transportation on land increased, that same bay isolated the town. Reliable ferry transport fostered the growth of a low-key resort, and the bridges that followed moved the community from resort to suburb. The changes have left Jamestowners torn. Some look back nostalgically at the ferries and the solitude they allowed, while others look forward to a vibrant village and grand suburban homes. Still, whether one is reviewing Jamestown's past or anticipating its future, the constraints of its geography remain forever unchanged.
ISBN: 9781596299573
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Series: Brief History
Images: 81
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Sue Maden attended Carleton College (1952, 54) and then went to school in New York City in nursing (BS in nursing, Cornell University, New York Hospital School of Nursing, 1957; MA in public health nursing, Hunter College, 1963). After a variety of nursing positions in hospital and public health fields and the American Nurses Foundation, she earned a master's in library science at Pratt Institute (1974) and then worked at the Columbia University Health Science Library. Retiring to Jamestown in 1982, she has since focused on volunteer work and local history projects, which have resulted in articles, books, compilations, exhibits, and lectures. She contributes a weekly column of historical facts to the Jamestown Press. She has served several terms on the board of the Jamestown Historical Society, most recently from 2005 to present, and is chair of the society's collections committee. She is also on the publications committee of the Newport Historical Society. Rosemary Enright holds a BA and an MA in English (Rosary Hill College, 1962; New York University, 1963) and has completed extensive graduate work in American civilization at New York University. Her professional careers include editorial work, teaching English at New York Institute of Technology, freelance writing, and work as a process engineer and computer systems requirement analyst for Northrop Grumman Corporation. She has been president of the Jamestown Historical Society board since 2005 and previously served as vice-president, a director, and editor of the biennial newsletter. She writes a monthly column for the Jamestown Press on historical society activities.
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