The Herreshoff Marine Museum Lecture Series presents

"Brown & Sharpe: The Company that Shaped the World"

presented by Gerald Carbone

May 23, 2024

Historian and author, Gerald Carbone, will show how a Rhode Island metals company founded in the 1830s literally shaped modern material culture through its ingenuity and inventions. Company founder Joseph Brown developed the “X-Y-Z Machine” that Capt. Nat used in shaping his hull models, a predecessor of the modern Coordinate Measuring Machine that instantaneously provides manufacturers with three dimensional measuring points to prevent production errors. The link between Brown & Sharpe’s precision measuring tools and Herreshoff’s precise designs is inextricable.

Gerald Carbone has published three books about the American or Industrial Revolutions, including “Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry.” He is a former staff writer at the Providence Journal where he won a number of regional and national writing awards, including the American Society of New Editors Distinguished Writing Award for non-deadline writing. He has completed a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, and in 2013 he earned a master’s degree in Public Humanities from Brown University. He lives in Warwick.


May 23, 2024

In-Person Reception begins at 6pm. Lecture begins at 7pm, Eastern.


Virtual Tickets: Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 In-Person Tickets: Members: $15, Non-Members: $20 Full Series Pass: $125

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Hosted in Gallery 26, located on the 2nd floor of 26 Burnside St. *NOTE: Gallery 26 does not currently have an elevator or other accessible means of entry. If this is a concern, please consider purchasing a virtual ticket to view this lecture.

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