Portsmouth Resources at RI Historical Society

Date: 
Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Rhode Island Historical Society is a great resource for genealogists and historians alike. Pack a lunch and join us at noon on Monday, May 23, at Portsmouth Free Public Library, as RIHS librarians Phoebe Bean and Michelle Chiles show and tell about the collections and their usefulness in family research. They will highlight Portsmouth resources in the holdings as well as new additions to the collections, reading room renovations, new resources, old favorites, and more!


Michelle Chiles is the Research Center Coordinator for the Rhode Island Historical Society, managing patron research services and the reading room. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College. Prior to coming to R.I.H.S. Michelle was the archivist for the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and an academic librarian. A former educator, Michelle is interested in teaching people skills and strategies that they can utilize to get the most out of their research experiences.


Phoebe Bean has diverse experience centered on the production and organization of information. She studied Theology at Brown University, receiving her B.A. in 1994. Ms. Bean worked as a research analyst for companies including Jupiter Communications and Gartner Management Consulting before receiving her Masters of Library and Information Science in 2003 from the University of Rhode Island. She is the Librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, responsible for the extensive collection of books and manuscripts.


This “brown bag” presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their lunch and coffee and tea will be available. Please call the Library to sign up as seating is limited.