Funeral Monday for prominent state historian Albert Klyberg of Lincoln

Funeral Monday for prominent state historian Albert Klyberg of Lincoln

Calling hours Sunday at Museum of Work and Culture

(SCHEDULE UPDATE: This story reflects a correction on the calling hours and funeral date listed incorrectly in the printed paper.

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 in Providence.

Klyberg, 76, leaves his wife, Beverly, and two children.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, the interactive education center he helped found to tell the story of the region’s French-Canadian people and their contribution to the industrial growth of northern Rhode Island. The address is 42 Main St., Woonsocket.

Klyberg’s funeral will be Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, on Angell Road, in Cumberland.

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.”

Klyberg, who was a member of the William Blackstone Society, served in recent years 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.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln. Go to for the full obituary.