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Rhode Island’s Natural Laboratory

W. Alton Jones Book

At times, our history’s been stranger than fiction.

Now you can read all about the storied history of the Alton Jones campus, in a new book called Rhode Island’s Natural Laboratory: A History of URI’s W. Alton Jones Campus, by Todd McLeish.

Read some excerpts from this book on our blog!

To purchase a copy of the book, contact the W. Alton Jones campus at 401-874-8100 or via email.

A History of URI’s W. Alton Jones Campus

“This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus. A refuge, a gathering place, a natural laboratory, the campus has a storied past that includes visits by President Eisenhower, the King of Nepal, and the country’s rich and powerful. It has been a safe house for a mob informant, a setting for a Hollywood movie, and the site of a life-changing helicopter crash. But just as important are the hundreds of private, less sensational stories- of children experiencing the great outdoors at camp, and of the focus and reflection this serene setting evokes for those attending meetings and retreats. The W. Alton Jones Campus is, indeed, a site like no other.” -Todd McLeish

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