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Book & Author Talk at PPL October 22: World War II Rhode Island

October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Providence Public Library welcomes Christian McBurney and Maureen Taylor, authors of World War II Rhode Island on Sunday, October 22 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, 150 Empire Street, Providence. The program is free and open. Book sale and signing will follow.

Rhode Island’s contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. In Narragansett Bay at Quonset Point, they included the Northeast’s largest naval air station and the main training center for the Seabees. In Newport and Aquidneck Island, they included the nation’s most important torpedo production facilities, a naval training station for some 500,000 sailors, and the nation’s main PT boat training center.
Three special, top-secret German POW camps were based in Narragansett and Jamestown. Meanwhile, Rhode Island workers from all over the state—including for the first time many women—made their contributions by manufacturing military equipment and building warships, most notably the Liberty ships at Providence Shipyard.
Join two of the book’s authors Christian McBurney and Maureen Taylor as they trace Rhode Island’s outsized wartime role, from the scare of an enemy raid after Pearl Harbor to the war’s final German U-boat sunk off Point Judith.
About the Authors
Christian McBurney, the primary editor of this book and the editor and publisher of the Online Review of Rhode Island History, has written seven books on Rhode Island and/or Revolutionary War history. For more information on his books go to christianmcburney.com.

Maureen A. Taylor is the author of 16 books on family history and photography, as well as Rhode Island history. The Wall Street Journal called her “the nation’s foremost photo detective.” For more information on her books, go to maureentaylor.com.


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