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Come Hear ‘Conspiracy to Burn the Gaspee’ Lecture

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society, in cooperation with the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, will host Gaspee Historian Dr. John Concannon, who will present a lecture titled “The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee.”

The Burning of the Gaspee by Charles DeWolf Brownell, 1892 Courtesy RI Historical Society

“The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee” – Lecture by Historian Dr John Concannon 

Portsmouth Free Public Library, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Learn why the June 9, 1772 burning of the schooner Gaspee in Warwick, RI is considered the first spark of the American Revolution, and the event’s connection to Prudence Island, Bristol and Warren.

Due to limited seating, signing up in advance is highly recommended by visiting the library’s website (www.portsmouthlibrary.org) or by calling the library at 683-9457.

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