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VISITORS FROM THE PAST

BRINGING THE CIVIL WAR
TO YOUR SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION

VISITORS FROM THE PAST
THE MUSEUM COMMUNITY OUTREACH EDUCATION PROGRAM
SERVING RHODE ISLAND AND VICINITY

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CARRYING ON THE MEMORY RHODE ISLAND CIVIL WAR VETERANS
AND
VETERANS OF THE R.I. GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC,
GAR ARNOLD POST No.4

Conducting on location living historical Civil War education encampments, lectures, displays, and demonstrations serving Rhode Island.

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The Carriage House facility, Display area, First Floor, South Wing, and Offices, Library, meeting halls, museum rooms, research and banquet/lecture areas, on the Second Floor, located at 1351 1/2 Cranston Street, Cranston, R.I.
The Carriage House facility is located on the grounds of the Goveror William Sprague Museum 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, R.I.

This Page is dedicated to the Spiret of Rhode Island's Independant Men Who Defended Our Union 1861 to 1865 and the Memory of Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Arnold Post No. 4


Welcome to the Visitors From The Past Home Page of The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center, Inc.; a nonprofit Civil War historical facility located at 1351 1/2 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island at the old Governor William Sprague Mansion Carriage House.   The facility was first built in 1710, rennovated by Governor Sprague in 1889 and is currently planned for rennovation to house The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center.   Here you will get a glimps of the different aspects of the museum.   You can also go to our trade marked "Visitors From The Past" as well as our subsidiay Civil War uniformed reenactment and ceremonial units, Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, Unit Association and The First Light Infantry, R.I.M./1st R.I. Volunteer Infantry, Unit Association, as well as the Rhode Island Reenactors Association/2nd R.I. Volunteer Infantry, Company D, Battery F, First Rhode Island Light Artillery and the Civil War hereditary organizations SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp No.7, ASUVCW Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No.2 and R.I. MOLLUS, which we are proud to support.


THE MUSEUM OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Developed For All Ages
All School & Community Needs
Our People Know Civil War History
Contact Us and We Will Show You

Our FAX Number Is: (401) 821-8630
Temporary Office @ The General Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum.
See Our E-mail Webmaster Contact Below.
Our Fee Scale For You Civil War Living History Presentation Is Dependent On The Extent Of Your Need.
The RI GAR Civil War Museum And Its Civil War Associations (Battery A & The 1st Infantry) Are One Federal-State Tax Exempt 501c3 Non-profit Education-Historical Organization
Legally Registered With The Internal Revenue And The State Of Rhode Island.

NOTE: Please let us know your needs so we can give you an accuate break down of all our services, program by program, cost of service, concerning the Education Programs We Offer To Schools And The Public.

However, at this time we ask that you please contact our Webmaster if you are interested in scheduling a visitation.   Our Visitors From The Past Program has been very well received and complimented by public school teachers, higher education institutions, other organizations and community group leaders throughout Rhode Island.   We offer a range of programs conducted by our "Visitors From The Past" Civil War Period Living Historians of RI Battery A as well as the RI 1st & 2nd Infantry, including a civilian unit.   Our Webmaster can help you determine the program that is right for you. You can also click our Civil War Units below for additional information about who will conduct your visitation.   The Visitors From The Past Program conducted by our Battery A and the 1st Infantry Civil War units is a fund raiser for the R.I. GAR Civil War Museum.   All our visitors involved in this program are "non-paid" volunteers, very informed about Civil War history and experienced historical communicators for all age groups.   Since our visitors are volunteers, the amount of visitations we can provide each year is limited.   We therefore ask that you arrange your visitation well in advance.   The Webmaster listed below can assist you with scheduling a visitation that will fit your budget.   We thank you for your financial support for the R.I. GAR Museum by scheduling a visitation.   Visitors from the Past is a trademarked name of the R.I. Grand Army of the Republic GAR Civil War Museum, Library & Research Center, inc., a 501c3 non profit tax exempt organization, incorporated in the State of Rhode Island.   Also Note: Since some Civil War Soldier impressions may involve the handling and display of unloaded Civil War period weapons, the museum will require a letter signed by a school administrator approving such displays prior to any school visitation.   The letter and the date for you visitation may be sent to us by FAX, but please call the Webmaster to schedule the visitation first to make sure a date is available.

THE MUSEUM OUTREACH
EDUCATION PROGRAM

Several of our members are helping to start the RI GAR Civil War Museum and have worked together to creat curriculum material that will assist teachers and students learning about the Civil War.   Teachers can also use the following page for classroom curriculum planning.   Students and people interested in the Civil War will find it to their liking as well. To go to the Museum & Camp 7 Education Home Page, click HERE

OUR UNITS STILL SERVING RHODE ISLAND !
"Battery A, First Regiment R.I. Light Artillery, Unit Association"
Click Here To Go To Our Civil War Artillery Living History/Reenactors Home Page.

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Honoring Cpt. William A. Arnold, starting the R.I. tradition of the
103rd Field Artillery, R.I. National Guard

with Arnold's Battery, 1st RILA, 1862 to 1864.

~~AND~~

"The First R.I. Light Infantry RIM/First Regiment R.I. Volunteer Infantry, RIDM, Unit Association"

Click Here To Go To Our Civil War Infantry Living History/Reenactors Home Page.

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Honoring Col. Ambrose E. Burnside, appointed R.I. Adjutant General, R.I. State Guard, by Governor William Sprague to lead the R.I. Brigade, R.I. Detached Militia, 1861.

The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center.
Proposed for the Old Sprague Mansion Carriage House, 1351 1/2 Cranston Street, Cranston, R.I.

For More Information about the museum, as well as our projects, education programs, events and our Civil War uniformed units, Contact:
Gregg A. Mierka
Webmaster, c/o Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic GAR Civil War Museum & Library, inc., Cranston, R.I.
(401) 821-8630


OUR HISTORICAL EXHIBITIONS
AND
DISPLAYS INFO CENTER
OUR SECOND FLOOR EXHIBITION GALLERY

The Museum and Library are currently in the planning and construction stages, not yet open to the public.   When we open, we will invite the public to schedule a tour of our first & second floor exhibition gallery containing historical displays of Civil War and GAR Veterans memorabilia.   If you would like more information about the museum project e-mail RIBatteryA@verizon.net. Go to our Virtual Tour Page and Museum Information Center Page for more information as well.

FIRST FLOOR
CARRIAGE HOUSE DISPLAYS

THE HISTORY OF CRANSTON
RHODE ISLAND HISTORY
HISTORY OF THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
RHODE ISLAND CIVIL WAR HISTORY
When the project is complete, the Carriage House Facility will be open to the Public Similar Hours as the Sprague Mansion.   The first floor public exhibitions will be a joint effort by the Cranston Historical Society and the RI GAR Civil War Museum.   Go to our Virtual Tour Page and Museum Information Center Page for more information.

For more information about museum programs such as our Museum Information Center.
Click
Here to find out more.

Click Here
To Go To Our EVENTS Page Listing Our Hours And Find Out More About Our Special Displays And Exhibitions, And Visit Our Museum Shop.
Under construction until the museum opens.

"VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR"
These Pages are under construction. Click Here to experience our museum virtual tour of Rhode Islan in the Civil War.   You will have to download Shockwave to view and hear the tour.   You can download Shockwave Here.

FAVORITE LINKS

  • The R.I. Civil War Governor William Sprague Mansion-Museum
    1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.

  • Second R.I. Volunteery Infantry, Company D,
    R.I. Civil War Reenactors Association.

  • The State Museum Associations of America Home Page
    Here you can find out the latest news about museums across the country.

  • The National Civil War Reenactors Home Page
    Here you can find out the latest news about reenactors and reenactment events.

  • This site is managed by: Gregg A. Mierka, RIGARCW Museum President/CHS Carriage House Director
    at the Sprague Mansion, Cranston, R.I.

    For more information about the Webmaster, Gregg Mierka, click HERE To get to the Webmaster's Home Page: Information about Motion Pictures, Education Programs, Documentaries, the Webmaster's "Cartes de Visite" gallery, and a Biography.

    For more information about the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, and Battery A history and membership, or RI GAR Museum membership, donations, etc.
    you can also email Gregg A. Mierka Webmaster/Adjutant

    All R.I. GAR Civil War Museum Home Pages were researched,
    written & Web-designed by Gregg A. Mierka

    The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center, is proud to offer its resources and consult with the Adjutant General/Commanding General of the R.I. National Guard Major General Reginald A. Centracchio.   We are pleased to announce that our Elisha Dyer dining and lecture hall will also be available to the R.I. National Guard for its Education and Training Class Programs and other groups to reserve for group functions.

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    Retern to the Battery A, 1st Regiment R.I. Light Artillery Unit Association of the GAR, Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center Home Page

    Retern to the First Light Infantry R.I.M./First R.I. Volunteer Infantry Unit Associationof the GAR Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center Home Page

    Retern to the R.I. SUVCW, Elisha Dyer Camp No.7, Home Page Directory

    Retern to the R.I. ASUVCW, Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No.2, Home Page

    Retern to the R.I. State Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, R.I. MOLLUS, Home Page

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    Retern to the Governor William Sprague Museum Home Page

    Retern to the Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum Home Page


    We wish to thank Brother/Companion Keith G. Harrison, National SUVCW and, current National MOLLUS, as well as all the artists/musicians for the use of their music on all the pages in our site.
    A special thanks also to Keith Laurent for arranging and playing Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell
    ©1983 by Swinging Door Music-BMI.   Used by permission.   All rights reserved.
    Thanks also to Robert Hunt Rhodes for allowing us to use some of his material about his ancestor, Elisha Hunt Rhodes and to Ken Burns for featuring E.H. Rhodes and our State's Civil War History in his PBS series on The Civil War.   And a special thanks to Edwin Bearrs, Brian Pohanka, Jeff Shaara and Ron Maxwell for their support for Rhode Island Civil War History and raising the American conscience about the triumphs and tragidies of the Great War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865.

    Thank you for stopping by the Rhode Island GAR Civil War Museum, "Visitors From The Past Webpage.
    Please let us know how we can help your school or organization.
    All For the Union !
    &
    The Old Fellows In Blue


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