Gorham Manufacturing Walking Tour: Beyond Flatware

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Saturday November 16

2:00 PM  –  3:30 PM


Providence-based Gorham Manufacturing is best known for producing flatware and other household silver pieces but the company also created some unexpected works. Barbara Barnes, accomplished tour guide from the Rhode Island Historical Society, leads a walking tour of these surprising pieces including a Captain’s Table Service created for the USS Rhode Island, a landmark Providence building with Gorham produced doors and the site of the original Gorham plant, all within a short distance. The tour will finish at the RISD Museum in the Making it in America exhibition which features a number of spectacular Gorham pieces, including the Lady's Writing Table and Chair created for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.  

Tour begins at John Brown House (52 Power Street, Providence). Cider and cookies will be served following the tour.

Important notes:

RISD Museum and RIHS members:  Remember to bring your membership card to check in.

Tour participants may park in the John Brown House parking lot (at the corner of Charlesfield and Benefit Streets).

Tour will take place rain or shine – please dress accordingly.

Reservations are non-refundable.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes – the brick sidewalks are uneven and there are hills on the route.