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Albert T. Klyberg


Rhode Island Historical Society

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Rhode Island Historical Society

121 Hope Street

Providence, Rhode Island,02906

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island's largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House M...more

Background Information

Employment History

Adjunct Professor of History

Providence College

Adjunct Professor of History

University of Rhode Island


The Rhode Island Publications Society

Historical Society Director and A Board Member


Rhode Island Historian

Risch Inc


Heritage Harbor Museum


Rhode Island Black Heritage Society


The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

Board Member

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Thompson-Ames Historical Society - Gilford Steamer Articles [cached]

4-14-05 Albert T. Klyberg will speak on
"Fostering Active Membership" Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society is fortunate to have the opportunity to host Albert T. Klyberg as a resource speaker on Friday afternoon, April 22nd. His 1:00 p.m. presentation, entitled "Fostering Active Membership - with an Emphasis on Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers," will take place in Grange H More than twenty years ago Carolyn got to know Al at the Rhode Island Historical Society where Al served as Executive Director, 1969 through 1999. During 1974-1994, Al served as Adjunct Professor of History at University of R.I. and Providence College, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University, Brown University. Since 1960 he has published more than fifteen works, including reviews in New England Quarterly and William and Mary Quarterly. Carolyn recalls, "In the mid-1980s, Al had a vision that led to the development of Heritage Harbor, Rhode Island's first state-wide history museum, where he then served as Director of Museum and Program from 1999-2003. After a brief pause Carolyn added, "In a recent historic roast, Al was not only honored for his historical achievements and sensitivity to ethnically and culturally diverse communities throughout Rhode Island but also recognized as one of Rhode Island's premier humorists - - he has a delightful sense of humor!"

Scott MacKay | Rhode Island Public Radio [cached]

RIP Rhode Island Historian Al Klyberg
Albert T. Klyberg, a prolific teacher, researcher, Rhode Island historian and for nearly three decades the executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, died last night in his sleep. He was 76. Klyberg ran the society during a period of rapid expansion. Under his leadership, the society grew to include the Robinson Research Center, the Aldrich House on Providence's East Side, and the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket.

200 Adirondack Region Books for sale from Hope Farm Press [cached]

This transcription is thoroughly annotated and well illustrated, and includes a genealogy of John Brown Francis and a foreword by Albert Klyberg, director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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.

"They already felt they had just fought a war to get out from one distant government, and they didn't want to be under another one," says Al Klyberg, former director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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