19th-Century Providence in 3D

Providence in 3D Maps

19th-Century Providence in 3D

Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster Street

Sat, Sept 23
5:00 – 5:45
6:15 – 7:00
7:30 – 8:15



Come enjoy a beverage with historian Ned Connors at Aurora for three extraordinary stereopticon shows. Travel back in time as we revisit late 19th-century Providence, when photographers plied the city to produce stereo images of its streets, squares, water-front and scenic features. Strap on a pair of 3D glasses to witness life-sized scenes of a dynamic, prosperous Victorian Providence projected onto the silver screen.

These programs are free of cost. Seating is limited. Priority Access not applicable.

Admittance to the Shows

Seating capacity for each show is only 80 people.  Visitors will have two possible ways of attending a show. For visitors who would like to ensure a space at one of the three showings, we will be handing out 50 advance tickets outside of Aurora starting at 4:00 until 4:45 or until we run out. Each person may pick up one ticket for one show. Visitors who pick up a ticket in advance are responsible for returning to Aurora 20 minutes before their chosen show to maintain their spot.

We are maintaining 30 seats for each show as on a first come, first served basis, so ten minutes before each show we will begin to admit visitors without advance tickets in the order in which they arrived at Aurora. Keep an eye on the Facebook event and #DoorsOpenRI for updates about ticket availability and lines. We hope everyone who would like to attend the shows will be able to, but be prompt and prepared to wait in line!

Stereo slides courtesy of Ned Connors

This program was organized in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence Public Library, and made possible through support from the Rhode Island Council for Humanities.

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The Doors Open Rhode Island Festival is made possible [in part] by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, culture heritage, civic education, and community engagement for all Rhode Islanders.