Prominent state historian Al Klyberg dies

Prominent state historian Al Klyberg dies

LINCOLN – Albert T. Klyberg, a giant among the state's historians and former director of the Rhode Island Historical Society for three decades, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Miriam Hospital.

He leaves a wife Beverly and two children.

Born in 1940, Klyberg had come to Rhode Island after completing his doctoral courses at the University of Michigan. His contributions were many and widespread, from serving on the Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission to teaching courses at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, and Bryant University.

In 2014, when he was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, his friend Patrick Conley wrote of him, "In 1981, Al received a presidential appointment to the National Museum Services Board, and in 1986 received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Rhode Island College. He was an incorporator of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the managing developer of the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, the author of several influential books and articles about Rhode Island, and a board member of numerous historical organizations in Providence and the Blackstone Valley."

In recent years he served as park historian for the Department of Environmental Management and directed the Kelly House Museum that sits across the canal and river from his Lincoln home.