In 2013 Ann Tickner joined a friend as she introduced Block Island to her fiancé. They asked what the Island was like in the 1970s. It was, she said, less discovered then; she recalled some of the people she met, many of them veterans of the peace and social justice movements. She recalled climbing a cliff to a lovely spot overlooking the ocean, where she found a seated Daniel Berrigan. Her friends’ interest in her stories led Ann, with the help of the Block Island Historical Society, to convene some Islanders to talk about their experiences with Berrigan, William Stringfellow, and Anthony Towne. None of this had been recorded. Soon, a project was born. 


Planning Team

Dennis A. O’Toole, Project Director  

Susan Hagedorn, Filmmaker 

Ann Tickner, Concept Developer and Editor

Amy Jaffe

Trudy O’Toole

Jim Reale


Design Development

Ken Yellis, Exhibition Developer

Brian Jones, Exhibition & Graphic Designer

Karl Rozyn, Researcher



Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain, Brown University 

Dr. Daniel Cowdin, Professor, Religious and Theological Studies and Humanities, Salve Regina University

Dr. Jayme Hennessy, Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Salve Regina University

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Pastor, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Detroit


Participating Venues

Island Free Library, Kristin J. Baumann, Director

Chaplains Gallery, J. Walter Wilson Building, Brown University, Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain

McKillop Library, Salve Regina University, Dawn Emsellem Wichowski, Director



The Project Team and Participating venues are grateful for the financial support of 

The Roosa Fund, Block Island, RI, Patrick Tengwall, Administrator

Seedworks Film Foundation, Block Island, RI, Susan Hagedorn, Trustee

The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director

Trudy and Dennis O’Toole

Ann Tickner

Amy Jaffe and Eliot Nerenberg


This project was supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.

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