‘Providence Journal’ Turns 175 This Week

By: Charles Geraci

On July 21, The Providence (R.I.) Journal will celebrate its 175th anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Belo-owned newspaper is publishing a series of historical advertisements on its pages which chronicle significant stories over the past 175 years. The ad campaign will run through December.

The paper will also publish a 48-page special section on July 21, recalling historic events including Andrew Jackson’s 1829 State of the Union address, the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the northeast blizzard of 1978, and the 1991 Rhode Island state banking crisis.

In addition, the Journal (Click for QuikCap) will reprint its first edition, printed on July 21, 1829. This issue, Volume 1, Number 1, was discovered in June in the archives of the Library of Congress in Landover, Md. For years, the newspaper had reported that no known copy of its first edition existed.

While local news has been the paper’s strength (three of its four Pulitzer Prizes are for local news coverage), it has also reported on several important stories in American history such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Wright brothers’ airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

In April, the paper picked up another award — the New England Newspaper Association’s Newspaper of the Year — which it also received in 1999 and 2002.

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