2009-12-10 / About Town

New JHS acquisitions on display at library

More than 30 new items reflecting Jamestown’s history are now on display at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

Between November 2008 and October 2009, the Jamestown Historical Society received hundreds of items from 47 different donors. These items represent a broad range of Jamestown’s history in its four collection areas: Photographs, archives, objects and books.

From the photograph collection is a picture of the Silvia Oil truck from the 1940s. Among the new items from the archives is a certifi cate issued to Katherine Smith Murphy for her work as a civil defense volunteer in 1943. Several small pieces from the objects collection are also on display, including some of the equipment used by Ed Silvia when he was purser on the Jamestown-Newport ferry.

A list of all donors and their donations is on top of the display case.

JHS also acquires items through research conducted by its members to fill in gaps in the collection. Obituaries are sometimes the only public source of information about the lives of people who lived here. Ginny Saunders has aggressively sought out these records and added information from more than 2,500 obituaries to our database.

If you have material you would like to donate or if you would like to volunteer to grow the collection in other ways, contact Sue Maden, Collections Committee chair, at jhs@jamestownri.com or 423- 2167.

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