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Our Town: East Greenwich

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Neighbors and friends of East Greenwich share the untold stories of their community.


The local legends, historical events, and personal memoirs of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, are the focus in the latest edition of Our Town – an ongoing Rhode Island PBS documentary project filmed entirely by residents and their tight-knit community.

Last summer, neighbors and friends of East Greenwich became storytellers and filmmakers, capturing the stories they wanted to share in Our Town: East Greenwich. With the support of Rhode Island PBS, these stories have been woven together into a visual tapestry of nostalgia, humor, enterprise, and history – representing the life in East Greenwich through the eyes of those who know and love it best. 

A Patriotic Orator 

An East Greenwich resident submitted this story about her grandfather who was a Four Minute Man during World War I. The Four Minute Men gave speeches to incite patriotism and support for the war.

Fighting for Freedom and Country

A nonagenarian reflects on her ancestor, Winsor Fry, a formerly enslaved person who fought in the American Revolutionary War. He was the first of six generations to live in East Greenwich.

300 Years and Counting

In this segment, we hear from people who participated in the two week, town-wide celebration of East Greenwich’s 300th birthday in 1977.

History Recorded in Fabric and Thread 

A local quilter submitted this story about a special quilt that was crafted in 1977 to commemorate East Greenwich’s tercentenary. Each of the 40 squares depicts a place or scene from East Greenwich’s first 300 years.

A Legacy of Love and Learning 

The East Greenwich Free Library submitted this story about the history of the library. The library was founded by community members as a gift to the town.

50 Years of Main Street 

An East Greenwich resident reflects on living in the town for 50 years and how Main Street has changed during that time.

The Room Where It Happened 

In this segment, an East Greenwich resident takes viewers on a tour of the historic Town Hall, from the former jail in the basement to the top of the clock tower.

A Community of Artists - The East Greenwich Art Club 

Members of the East Greenwich Art Club submitted this profile on their organization that is focused on bringing art and art education to the community of East Greenwich.

The Clement Weaver House 

Viewers have the rare opportunity to peek inside a private residence that was originally owned by Clement Weaver, one of the founders of East Greenwich. This story was submitted by a descendant of Clement Weaver himself.

The Many Lives of Bruce Mastracchio

East Greenwich High Senior Kian Bijari interviews Bruce Mastracchio about growing up in East Greenwich and the many paths Bruce’s life took over the years.

In Memory of CJ

The parents of CJ Buckley discuss their late son and the annual regatta that keeps his memory alive. 


Our Town: East Greenwich is made possible by residents and friends of East Greenwich and by:

Dave's Fresh Marketplace
East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
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Questions? Contact Us

Jodi Mesolella
Project Director
401-222-3636 x209
ourtown@ripbs.org

Abbey Oldham
Producer
401-222-3636 x225
ourtown@ripbs.org