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The Automobile Comes to Rhode Island: A History of Car Manufacturing in the Ocean State A seminar with J. Stanley Lemons

Rhode Island was the home of several inventors and mechanics working to create practical motor vehicles at the turn of the century.  Alongside small craftsmen building and repairing small engines who embarked on the building of early automobiles, some large manufacturers also joined in.

With its well-developed and sophisticated machine shops, foundries, rubber, glass and leather goods factories- all that was needed to fabricate any part of an automobile, it’s no mystery why Rhode Island-especially the Providence-Pawtucket area-produced several automobile manufacturers in the period from 1896 to World War I. 

Come join us at the Audrain Museum on March 10th at 6pm for a fascinating and revealing talk about early Rhode Island automotive history by J. Stanley Lemons.


Audrain Automobile Museum
222 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI United States
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