“Two Commodores, a DeWolf and a Journey to Japan”

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Dr. Matthew C. Perry will talk about the life of his ancestors, Commodore Matthew C. Perry who opened the ports of Japan and, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who led America to victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. These American heroes were closely associated with Bristol, Rhode Island through the marriage of their brother, Captain Raymond Perry, to Marianne Dewolf, daughter of U.S. Senator and notorious slave trader from Bristol, James DeWolf. Dr. Perry will share personal anecdotes and information acquired through research on his famous ancestors.


The lecture, which is co-sponsored by Linden Place and the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, will take place inside Linden Place Mansion on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM.  Admission is free for Linden Place and BHPS members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are recommended. 

Please call the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390 or e-mail at info@lindenplace.org for more information or to make reservations.

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Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.