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January 23

*Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

January 30

*Newport History Walking Tours, Newport

February 11

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

February 13

*Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

February 28

*Stories of the South County Fisherman, Narragansett

March 11

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

March 13

*Heritage Hike: Harkness Conservation Area, Forestdale, North Smithfield

March 19

*My Life in a Lighthouse, Riverside, East Providence

March 28

*The Ospreys of Narrow River, Narragansett

April 8

*Newport Gallery Night, Newport

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January 23rd in Rhode Island history*

1820

*Elijah Ormsbee, the inventor of an early steam-powered boat, dubbed the The Experiment, dies in Providence. Instead of paddle wheels his boat had hinged duck-like paddles that folded up on the forward stroke.

1861

*The eastern boundary line of Rhode Island is settled with Massachusetts. The Attleboros and part of Pawtucket are traded to Massachusetts for East Providence.

1879

*The new building for the Rhode Island Normal School is dedicated. The same building was formerly Providence High School. [Later it was the home of the Supreme Court until it moved to the Providence County Court House].

1904

*The Washington National Bank of Westerly (Charter #952) is reorganized as the Washington Trust Company.

1931

*Captain Isaac E. Emerson, the Bromo-Seltzer King, dies at 71 years old. Whitehall in Narragansett was one of his many estates.

1976

*The temperature today, -13 degrees, is the lowest on record in the state.

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