Behind the Scene with Rhode Island Historical Society’s C. Morgan Grefe

Behind the Scene with Rhode Island Historical Society’s C. Morgan Grefe

Thursday, May 20 at 6pm Eastern Time

Live via Zoom

Presented by the Providence Art Club

$10 PAC Members (Register via PAC Website)

$15 Non-members ($16.49 with EventBrite Fees)

About the Program:

In 1833 the Rhode Island Historical Society acquired one of its largest artifacts, the Old Drop Scene that once hung in Providence’s first theater. In this talk we will take a romp through the founding of the city’s first theater, look at some of the shows staged for the public, and then explore the world of 1810 Providence that is showcased in this extraordinary piece. Finally, you’ll get an early glimpse into an exciting digital restoration of what is believed to be the oldest surviving theater curtain in America.

About the Speaker:

C. Morgan Grefe is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She has been at the RIHS since 2005, serving as the Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs for the first 6.5 of those years. In the summer of 2011 she took the helm of the RIHS. Her work as a historian focuses on U.S. social, cultural and public history, with special attention on R.I. She holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the same. Grefe’s publications include, “ ‘Jews, Turks, and Infidels:’ How Rhode Island’s Lively Experiment Helped Chart the American Way,” “Sourcing a Rhode Island Legend: The Story of Kady Brownell,” and “The World in One Square Mile: Central Falls,” an historically-inspired children’s book. She lectures widely on topics relating to Rhode Island’s social and cultural history. She makes her home in Pawtucket, RI, with her husband, artist Gage Prentiss, and their three extraordinary cats.

The speaker’s honorarium for this program will be donated directly to The Rhode Island Historical Society.

For questions about this event, please contact Art Club Gallery Manager Michael Rose at, or via phone at 401-331-1114 x 5.

PAC Members Register HERE.

Non-Members Register HERE.

This program will not be recorded. Guests must register in advance and will receive a Zoom link the day of the event. For questions about this program, please email Gallery Manager Michael Rose at

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm