Preservation Society and Roger Williams University Explore Fiske House History

The Preservation Society of Fall River and Roger Williams University invited members of the community to learn some of the history behind the Dr. Isaac Fiske House — one of Fall River’s Underground Railroad sites on Pine Street — at a public presentation hosted at the Fall River Public Library on March 30, 2023.

Through Roger Williams University’s Community Partnerships Center, the Preservation Society ‘s Board of Directors and students in Associate Professor of History Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer’s class spent the Fall 2022 semester exploring the c. 1833 Dr. Isaac Fiske House together.

By scouring old newspapers and going on research trips to Fall River, student researchers Kristen Black and TJ Ward learned some of the stories from the home at 263 Pine Street and the family that lived within.

The research was conducted to support the Preservation Society’s 2023 application for the Fiske House to be added to the National Park Service’s National Underground Network to Freedom.

The research will also be used to help build exhibits and informational displays at the future Underground Railroad Museum the Preservation Society is planning to open in the space in the future.

You can watch the full presentation on the Preservation Society’s YouTube Channel.

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