2658 East Main Road | Portsmouth, RI | 02871 | (401) 683-9457 | Hours

The Children's Room is closed until further notice due to flooding. Story times will be held upstairs in the Mello Program Room.

Fall hours begin Tuesday, September 7.

Portsmouth Historical Society Book Club

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John M Barry is the September PHS selection.  

For four hundred years, Americans have fought over the proper relationships between church and state and between a free individual and the state. This is the story of the first battle in that war of ideas, a battle that led to the writing of the First Amendment and that continues to define the issue of the separation of church and state today. It began with religious persecution and ended in revolution, and along the way it defined the nature of America and of individual liberty. Acclaimed historian John M. Barry explores the development of these fundamental ideas through the story of Roger Williams, who was the first to link religious freedom to individual liberty, and who created in America the first government and society on earth informed by those beliefs. This book is essential to understanding the continuing debate over the role of religion and political power in modern life. - Amazon.com

Copies will be available for checkout at the adult circulation desk.  

Room Reservation: 
Wednesday, September 22
Program Time: 
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Event Category: 
Name of Organization: 
Portsmouth Free Public Library
Contact Name: 
Carolyn Magnus
Contact Phone Number: 
401 683-9457 ext. 113
Contact Email: 
carolyn.magnus@gmail.com