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Object Talk: Benajah Carpenter’s Cap


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Join Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Historian Dr. Philip Mead and Assistant Curator Matthew Skic for a lively illustrated conversation about a featured artifact: a distinctive cap worn in the early days of the Revolutionary War by Rhode Island artillery officer Benajah Carpenter.

Bearing the anchor of Rhode Island and the mottos “For Our Country” and “In Te Domine Speramus,” the cap was recovered from the body of Rhode Island officer Benajah Carpenter who died commanding artillery at the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.

On loan from the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum in East Greenwich, the cap will return to Rhode Island in early May 2018. Come see the cap before it leaves, learn about the its surprising symbolism, and discover what it reveals about Carpenter’s fight for liberty.

*Free with Museum Admission