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Local Address:  Rhode Island , United States
Rhode Island Publications Society
200 Allens Avenue
Providence , Rhode Island 02903
United States

Company Description: T HE RHODE ISLAND PUBLICATIONS SOCIETY (RIPS) is a nonprofit educational and cultural foundation incorporated in 1981 under Rhode Island law to publish and...   more

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In this successfully completed project, ..., 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
In this successfully completed project, RIPS worked closely with Al Klyberg, historical society director and a board member of RIPS.
Hearthside - About Hearthside, 12 Mar 2015 [cached]
Albert Klyberg
Hearthside - The House That Love Built, 26 April 2014 [cached]
Board Member Al Klyberg to be Inducted into Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame April 26, 2014 Hearthside - The House That Love Built Hearthside - The House That Love Built
Board Member Al Klyberg to be Inducted into Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame April 26, 2014
Hearthside board member and Lincoln town resident, Al Klyberg will receive one of Rhode Island's highest honors given to recognize people who have done great things for our state....induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame on April 26, 2014.
His many accomplishments could fill a book. Well known throughout the state, Al has spent much of his career dedicated to the history of Rhode Island, 30 years serving as Executive Director of the RI Historical Society. Under his watch, the Society developed the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, as well as acquired the home of former U.S. Ambassador to England, Winthrop Aldrich. For 30 years, he promoted establishing a state history museum at the former South Street Power Plant in Providence. During this effort, he helped to define the scope of over 200 topics of Rhode Island history into "The Six Big Ideas of RI History. A prolific writer, Al also managed the publication of thirteen volumes of The Papers of Major General Nathanael Greene and two volumes of The Correspondence of Roger Williams. He has become quite the expert on the history of Lincoln and the Blackstone Valley, and was hired by the Town to do studies on the use of Chase Farm and the Hannaway Shop as well as the Moffett Mill. He was also one of the first guides at the Wilbur Kelly House and has helped to develop that museum about the Blackstone Canal and early days of Lonsdale and Ashton.
Additionally, Al began an archive of local television news film and oversaw the microfilming of all the newspapers of Rhode Island up to the year 2000.
Besides serving on Hearthside's board of directors for the past two years, Al has also served on the boards of several local historical groups and was a founding incorporator of the RI Black Heritage Society. He also serves on the National Council of the American Association of State and Local History.
HOPKINTON - Little was known about ..., 22 Mar 2015 [cached]
HOPKINTON - Little was known about the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Rhode Island until Albert Klyberg did some digging into the Rhode Island Department of Environment's history.
During his research, Klyberg, a historian from Lincoln, discovered seven CCC camps were located in the state, and there was somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 men working in the local forests and beaches from 1933 to 1941. He explained that the CCC was started by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a part of the "New Deal" less than a month after he was inaugurated in 1933.
FDR formed the program as a way to provide skills, work experience and education opportunities to young men between the ages of 18 and 25 so they could find jobs, Klyberg said Saturday as he gave a lecture at the First Baptist Church in Hope Valley.
"Aside from the conservation projects they were working on, these men could take classes and learn how to be electricians and plumbers," Klyberg said "Some of these men could barely read and write so educating them was part of the way the CCC helped these men become employable."
Klyberg walked attendees through history of the camps and the projects the men worked on throughout the state, while showing them old photographs and maps that he had found during the 10 years he spent as the R.I. Department of Environment historical researcher.
During the lecture, Klyberg shared about some of the larger projects that took place within the state. In 1936, for the 300th anniversary of Rhode Island, the men built log cabins and put them along highways at entry points to the state as information booths. They also built numerous roadside picnic shelters so that people coming from northern Rhode Island could stop and eat lunch before heading to the beaches.
"Roadside groves were developed for beachgoers in the summertime who would park under the trees and have a family picnic on the way as a part of their family outing to the beach," Klyberg said. "There were dozens of these roadside picnic areas until the 1960s, when modern transportation took over and many were destroyed to make way for Interstate 95."
Another project completed by the CCC was Rhode Island Camps Inc., a summer camp for underprivileged children from the inner city, near Beach Pond in Exeter.
Klyberg, who was the director of the Rhode Island Historical Society from 1969 to 1999, first started researching about the CCC camps in the state about ten years ago when the DEM asked him to create a booklet for the 100th anniversary of the parks of Rhode Island.
Over the last year, he worked to flesh out the story and last summer he walked around the areas from Woonsocket to Westerly with his camera, looking for remnants of the projects that were done. He found a few picnic shelters, outdoor fireplaces, and buildings still intact, but most have either fallen into disrepair or no longer exist.
Although few remnants remain, some of the state's parks and forested areas might not be so well kept today or even exist if not for the men who worked in the CCC camps around the state, Klyberg said.
"It's really an interesting chapter in Rhode Island history and one that receives very little attention," Klyberg said.
Heritage Harbor Museum - News / Press, 1 May 2005 [cached]
Klyberg is winner of Creative Achievement in the Humanities award
This year's recipient is Al Klyberg, recently retired executive director of the Heritage Harbor Museum.
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