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December 13

*Living in the Past, Johnston

December 14

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

*Ocean State Follies, Bristol

December 15

*Ocean State Follies, North Providence

December 15-17

*Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

December 16

*UnDecked Halls: A Glimpse Behind the Shutters at Rough Point, Newport

December 17

*Rhode Island Post Card Club Meeting, North Providence

December 18

*Ocean State Follies, Warwick

December 19

*Guided Historic/Architectural Tour of the Library, Providence

December 22-23

*Blackstone Valley Polar Express , Woonsocket

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December 13th in Rhode Island history*


*The Continental Congress authorizes the building of thirteen frigates within the next three months—five ships of 32 guns, five with 28 guns and three with 24 guns.


*General Ambrose E. Burnside commands the Army of the Potamac at Fredericksburg. Rhode Island regiments suffer severe losses in a charge on the Confederate position. The Seventh Rhode Island Infantry, Colonel Zenas R. Bliss commanding, is the first and last on the field.


*Rhode Island's Historical Records Advisory Board receives a $59,800 federal grant for a one-year study to determine the location of old state records, what exists, and their condition.

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