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Annual Conference: 2006 Conference

pawtuxet bridge
Pawtuxet Bridge

Outlooks and Opportunities on the Waterfront

The 21st Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 8, 2006 in Pawtuxet Village

Click here to download the program (pdf format).

The 2006 Annual Conference docked in Pawtuxet Village. The village’s geography is defined by water: the river that flows between Cranston and Warwick, the falls that powered the mills, the cove that harbors local boats, and the bay that connects Pawtuxet to the world. The conference met at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet to launch an exploration of Rhode Island’s historic waterfronts.

Conference-goers discovered industrial waterways and lakefront resorts as well as fishing villages and commercial ports. They considered the unique and often endangered historic resources present: dams and millraces, summer cottages and recreational facilities, shanties and wharves. They gathered strategies to improve public access, protect working waterfronts, and preserve historic character. And they explored the area – a stroll around Pawtuxet Village, a visit to local State Preservation Grant projects, and a neighborhood tour of Edgewood.