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Rhode Island. Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition Commission (1905-1907)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1905-1907

Historical Note

Jamestown Ter–Centennial Exposition was established to commemorate the first permanent settlement made in the United States by English speaking people, 1607. A resolution (#2) to establish a commission to represent Rhode Island at the exposition was passed by the General Assembly on April 21, 1905 with the appointment of John T. Blodgett of Providence William P. Sheffield Jr. of Newport & Dennis H. Sheahan of Providence was approved by the governor, April 28, 1905. Commission officially established by Public Law 1906, Chapter 1368, “An Act to Provide for the Preparation and Exhibition of the Historical & other Exhibits from the State of Rhode Island at the Jamestown Ter – Centennial Exposition to be held on and near the waters of Hampton Roads in the state of Virginia in 1907”, approved April 20, 1906. Act expanded the number of commissioners to five to be appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the senate & appropriation of $15.000 authorized to showcase the State’s historical & industrial achievements including official papers, public records & historical relics. Addition Resolution (#49) approved April 19, 1907, relative to the disposition of the historical exhibit & cases to be delivered upon the close of the exposition to the permanent custody of the Secretary of State with Board of State House Commissioners to provide suitable accommodations in State House. $30.000 additional appropriation authorized by Chapter 1421, 1907, approved Feb. 15, 1907. Governor authorized to loan as part of historical exhibit original 1772, Gaspee Commission document issued by George the Third as well as portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition Commission annual reports, 1906-1908

 Sub-Series — Folder: Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition Commission annual reports, 1906-1908
Scope and Contents From the Series: Includes Rhode Island building exposition visitor register, April 26 (opening day) – December 1, 1907; C#0424; 17” x 15” x 1/ ½”; 268 pp.; Commission Correspondence April, 1906 – Dec., 1907; statements relative to expenditures / appropriations, lease agreements, promotional brochures / product solicitations; blueprint plan of expedition grounds & buildings, Feb. 15, 1906; 30” x 47”; scale 1” = 200; blueprint plan of history & historic art building ( 2 copies); 1905 H. Halstead Pierce...
Dates: 1906-1908

Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition Commission records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00362-C#00726-C#00424
Abstract Records of Commission established to represent Rhode Island at the Jamestown Ter – Centennial Exposition held at Hampton Roads, VA inn 1907. Exposition created to commemorate the first permanent settlement made in the colonies by English speaking people in 1607.
Dates: 1906-1907