In these difficult times, Atlas Obscura is doing what has always helped ground us: we are hitting the road. Atlas Obscura Co-Founder Dylan Thuras is taking a short road trip, traveling to cities and towns looking to add new hidden places to the Atlas and meeting up with Atlas fans to share adventures along the way. In short, we are looking to find and celebrate the pluralistic beauty and diversity that helps define both America and Atlas Obscura.
At each location the day will end with a meetup at a local bar or coffeeshop for a place-a-thon, a celebration of what is weird and good in the world around us. Come with ideas, and if you have one, bring your laptop. We will get to know each other and add great new locations to the Atlas!
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
We've realized recently that Atlas Obscura only has a handful of listings in Providence. We're certain that there is much more wonderful weirdness waiting to be discovered within the city, but we need your help! So come meet up with Dylan, join him for a day of Atlas adventures and bring your ideas for the most under-appreciated hidden wonders of Providence, Rhode Island. Feel free to come to any, all, or just one of the day's events and be sure to introduce yourself. Dylan will be the one with the Atlas Obscura totebag.
Join Dylan at the Providence Athenaeum at 11am. Once where H.P. Lovecraft came to write and research, as well as a beautiful Greek Revival building, the Athenaeum is a treasure of Providence. Join me as we look around the beautiful architecture and take a glimpse at their incredible Travel and Exploration collection among others.
Hidden within the vast RISD campus is a true treasure. The Nature Lab is a kind of hidden natural history museum. According to Audubon magazine it is a "four-story redbrick building on Providence’s East Side: geodes; seeds; ctenophores; turtles; spiders; snakeskins; 500 birds or bird remains and their nests; five genuine human skeletons; tire-sized whale vertebrae; ungulates from every continent, their heads mounted wherever there’s wall space." We will visit and explore this incredible if little known collection.
Finally, for those who couldn't make it out to the adventures (or for those who did and want to relax afterwards with a drink) we will be meeting at Ogie's to discuss all of Providence's great weird locations over food and tiki drinks. Complete with trailers and 66 different cans of beer it will be a chance to hang and talk AO. If you have a laptop we encourage you to bring it so that we can help you add your amazing place suggestions to the site!
P.S. The new Atlas Obscura Book will be available for purchase and signing from Dylan at the bar!