2009-10-22 / About Town

Explore elephant history at library program

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host a talk on an upcoming documentary film, “Elephants in Rhode Island! A Documentary about the World’s Largest Land Mammals in the Nation’s Smallest State,” by local filmmaker Patti Cassidy this Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

The first elephant arrived in R.I. on its way to Boston in 1768, but the story of elephants in R.I. really begins in 1826 with Betty the Learned Elephant and her tragic visit to Chepachet. In 1893, Providence went elephant crazy, when the children of the city bought Roger the baby elephant for the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Fannie the elephant came from the circus to Slater Park in Pawtucket, where she lived for the next 35 years. When the park closed in 1993, her story had a fairy tale ending. Ocean State Kate, Ginny and Alice live at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. These tales are the core of the new documentary, and the talk will include an 1893 film clip of Roger, the baby elephant from the Library of Congress.

Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. Call 423-7280 for more information.

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