The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched a blog about items in its collection. For example, there’s a look at Rhode Island’s legal declaration of independence from Great Britain about two months before the Continental Congress took the same action.
The same blog has also recently described a 1915 film called Diamonds, a feature crime drama. It is one of the many films that Eastern Film Company made in Rhode Island between 1914 and 1917, but one of the few that survive. The scenes in the film give a glimpse into several well-known Rhode Island landmarks that were used as "sets" for the movie.
I didn't see very much information on the Rhode Island History Blog about people but the blog does give a fascinating glimpse into the times and places where your Rhode Island ancestors lived.
The Rhode Island History Blog is available at http://rihs.wordpress.com.