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Two Positions Available at RIHPHC
The R.I.Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is seeking to fill two vacant positions. The Deputy Director plans, organizes, and supervises a variety of historic preservation planning functions, including: identification, documentation and evaluation of historic structures, districts, and archaeological sites; National Register of Historic Places and State Register; certification of historical significance for tax credits, grants, and loans; historic properties information systems; and local government assistance. The Senior Architectural Historian – Senior Historian performs studies and analyses data to identify, document, and evaluate historically significant properties. Click here for complete job descriptions. (2/27/15)

blackstone Grant Opportunity for Blackstone Valley Projects
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. will make grants available for projects that tell the story of American industrialization, preserve and enhance Valley communities, balance conservation and growth, and promote river recovery. The new funding round is available for municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies. Projects include but are not limited to preservation and restoration of historic structures and landscapes, trail and park development, education programs, exhibits, sustainable tourism projects, and projects that engage youth and minorities in awareness and stewardship of the National Heritage Corridor. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 per project and must be matched at least 1:1 by nonfederal sources which may be cash or in-kind contributions. For more information, visit the Corridor's website. (2/23/15)

Project to Document African-American History in Providence's College Hill Neighborhood
The R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) has received a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service to research and document the history of African Americans in the College Hill Historic District in Providence. Rhode Island is one of thirteen states to receive a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund to assist in efforts to broaden the inclusion of underrepresented communities in statewide inventories of historic properties and the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks. The Commission and the R.I. Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) are the lead partners in the project. (1/29/15) press release
< illustration from G.M. Hopkins Company, Map of Providence, R.I. (1875)


Heritage Program Coordinator Mercedes Monteiro Receives Community Award
At Monday's annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, state leaders honored King, Sister Ann Keefe, and three local residents for their contributions to the community. Mercedes A. Monteiro, of Providence, received the Community Recognition Award. In her work at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission she assists groups in celebrating their cultures through art and music. "We're very proud of Mercedes and her outstanding work on behalf of multi-cultural communities," said RIHPHC Executive Director Ted Sanderson.  "Mercedes's leadership in recognizing and celebrating diverse cultural heritages fosters mutual understanding among Rhode Islanders." (1/22/15)

spg Voters restore State Preservation Grants program
On November 4, Rhode Island voters approved Question 5 to fund the Creative and Cultural Economy Bonds which include $5 million for the State Preservation Grants program (SPG) administered by the RIHPHC. State Preservation Grants provide matching grants for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic structures. RIHPHC is preparing to open a grant round later in 2015. Visit the SPG page for more information. (12/23/14)