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A Definition of Play, Leisure, and Recreation

Section Two--
Amusement Parks in Rhode Island

Section Three--
Water Recreation and Rhode Island

Section Four--
Outdoor Recreation and Rhode Island

Section Five--
Sport and Rhode Island

Section Six--
Recreation Comes of Age in Rhode Island

Annotated Works Cited

Welcome to "Oh What Fun We Had; A Look at Recreation in Rhode Island," my senior thesis project at Roger Williams University. This project was a semester long project seeking to examine the cultural resources in Rhode Island that were recreational in nature. Of course Rhode Island was considered to be the "Playground of the Rich," especially in Newport, but it was also a playground for a wide host of other people. This project documents those "playgrounds." I mainly set out to find buildings and structures of recreation, but I also discovered a bit of social history along with the buildings. I found that people and structures, especially fun ones, are tied together very tightly.

There are no pictures with the text. That was the way the paper was written. I honestly hope to someday add pictures to this text, maybe if I get it published, but until then its just text. Each section has a marker at the top indicating just about how long this section is. Some sections are over five pages printed. Beware, they may be longer for you. Remember all together this project was about 70 pages.

Something else about this formatting. There are a few linked references in the text. I did not link all of the footnotes because that would be a task I do not currently have the time to complete. Instead, if the reference is for a big paragraph or if it is more than just a reference, I included it. Therefore not all the book refernces are included.  This does not mean I did not research or did not properly footnote, it just means that the footnotes are not linked.

Just for the sake of knowing, most of the information contained herein does not relate to the common era researched for Commercial Archaeology (post 1950). It stops at about 1943, after the major hurricanes destroyed the big recreational centers.

designed by Aaron Marcavitch 2000 Written by Aaron Marcavitch 1999