Edna Kent, Glocester Historian

Glocester, RI Genealogy Research

Edna Whitaker Kent, Glocester, Rhode Island



Edna M. Kent, proud native of Glocester, Rhode Island, enjoys a
well-deserved reputation as the town's foremost authority on local history.


Glocester, Rhode Island
(Images of America Series)
Edna Whitaker Kent. Photographic essay of Glocester includes 112 photographs and memorabilia from various private collections, spanning the years 1826-1992. Each photograph is captioned with detailed information from the author's private research files encompassing authoritative texts, town records, and personal interviews. Features Chepachet, Harmony, West Glocester, Cherry Valley, including businesses, mills, parades, events, Old Home Days, turnpikes and roads, earth industry, and schools. Includes photo of gun used to shoot renowned Betty the Elephant at Chepachet Bridge and eyewitness drawing of Dorr Rebellion by prisoner of war. 1998, 128 pp., photos, map, paper, $20.00 (includes S&H).
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Glocester - The Way Up Country: A History, Guide and Directory
Compiled by The Heritage Division, Glocester Bicentennial Commission; edited by Edna Whitaker Kent. Pre-settlement history, the land, settlers, incorporation, commerce, Dorr Rebellion 1842 (RI's only civil war), wars, religion, schools, public service, singular events, shooting of elephant 1826, personal profiles, chronology, town panoramas with poetry, memory lane; with an introduction from the pen of H.P. Lovecraft. 1976, 192 pp., over 80 photos & illus., 2 maps, hardcover, $24.00 (includes S&H).

A Brief History of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island
Elizabeth A. Perry; edited by Edna Whitaker Kent. Elizabeth Perry's original book, published in 1886, is reprinted here in its entirety, indexed and amended by Edna Whitaker Kent. Includes early history in that Providence County region, 1730 incorporation, division of towns 1806, Freemen, wars, many lists from Town Records, and life in town up to 1885. 1995, 154 pp., illus., map, new indices, paper, $20.00 (includes S&H).

Edna Kent
In addition to her duties as Honorary Town Historian for the Town of Glocester, Edna Kent serves her hometown in numerous other capacities. She has authored/edited three books on the town (see right), and serves as Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Commissioner for Northwest Rhode Island. She is also a Chepachet River Historic Sites Survey Advisor and a Member of the Historical Records Advisory Board for the State of Rhode Island.

One of the founding members of the Glocester Heritage Society, Edna Kent has served that organization as President, Vice-President, Librarian/Archivist (25 years), and Newsletter Editor. She is also a member of the Burrillville Historical Preservation Society.

Edna was a preliminary survey designer of Chepachet's Historic District, and introduced Walking Tours in the village. She served as Organizer/Manager of the Elephant Day 150th Observation, Organizer/Manager of the Dorr Rebellion 150th Reenactment, and Organizer of Tri-State Historians' Symposiums, and was a Lifestyle Interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.

A teacher of Glocester history at the Trimtown Lyceum, Edna is also a member of the Board of Directors. Her services as a guest speaker on Glocester history are often in demand by various local and statewide groups and organizations.

As an historian, Edna's skills naturally encompass genealogy. She offers expert genealogical research services, enjoying correspondence with numerous descendants of early Glocester settlers. As a Whitaker descendant, she also serves as Co-Editor of the Whitaker Lines Newsletter.

In addition to Edna Kent's historical and genealogical endeavors, she is an accomplished artist. She enjoys painting and, as an Organizer of the Northwest Art Center, finds great satisfaction in making the arts available to the community. Along these lines, Edna also designs archival and historical photo exhibits for the public to enjoy.


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