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News: 2002 Archive

New Native American Archaeology Book

Native American Archaeology book

   Native American Archaeology in Rhode Island presents more than 30 years of research by state archaeologists.  The 64-page book traces Native American settlement beginning with archaeological evidence ca. 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, and continues with the establishment of coastal villages ca. 2,500 to 3,500 years ago, the effects of European settlement in the 1600's, and federal tribal recognition in the 1980's.  The book also includes a chapter on archaeological methodology, an inventory that highlights important sites and places in each town, a bibliographic essay, and 46 illustrations.    The book may be ordered from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, 150 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903; or call 401-222-3103; or email rcarreiro@preservation.ri.gov. Price: $15.00. (12/3/02) Press release

Regulations for Commercial Rehab Tax Credit  
   The Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission presents regulations for the new Historic Preservation Investment Tax Credit that offers a 30% income tax credit for rehabilitation of historic buildings. The law was enacted in 2001 and amended in 2002. (12/26/02)
Click here for a copy of the regulations
Click here for information about the credit
Pawtucket's Exchange St. Hist. District Listed on National Register

Exchange St. District, Pawtucket

On the bluffs of the Blackstone River stand a historic armory, several industrial and commercial buildings, and Tolman High School.  This cluster of historic structures, built between the 1870s and the 1920s, have been recognized for their contribution to Pawtucket's history.  Major rehabilitation projects will create 55 loft apartment units in the Lebanon Mills (1901) and will transform the Pawtucket Armory into a performing arts center (11/18/02).press release
RIHP&HC Survey Books Go Online

Providence Industrial Sites cover

Smith Hill cover

Thanks to a collaboration between RIHP&HC and the City of Providence, several survey publications will be available online. The RIHP&HC produced 60 survey publications for each of the state’s 39 towns and cities, for specific neighborhoods, and for thematic topics. Although the publications are out-of-print, they remain invaluable resources for researchers, history buffs, and residents. One by one, the publications will be made accessible to the public through the web, and users will be able to read the documents online or print their own copies.  (8/6/02)more information
"From Bullrakes
to Clambakes" Exhibit at Warwick Public Library

historic quahogging
"From Bullrakes to Clambakes: The Occupational Folklife of the Narragansett Bay Shellfishery" is on display at the Warwick Public Library.  The exhibit features photographs and text based on documentation and interviews by folklorist Michael E. Bell and photographer Alex Caserta. While exploring all aspects of the shellfishing industry, they focus on the singlehanded bullraker who provides the nation with about 25% of its supply of quahogs. Funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the exhibit will travel to South Kingstown, Cranston, and Bristol before docking at the Heritage Harbor Museum as part of the Narragansett Bay exhibit. (10/24/02)
2002 Historic Preservation Awards
   A community movie theatre in Woonsocket, an expert preservation contractor from Warwick, archaeological investigation and restoration of Newport’s oldest house, Westerly’s voice for historic preservation, a smart-growth planning manual for South County, three legislators who secured new preservation tax credits for the state—these are some of the winners of Rhode Island's 2002 Historic Preservation Awards. (6/17/02)
New Publication on Historic Landscapes
   Historic Landscapes of Rhode Island is the newest publication from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. This 132-page book with more than 75 images tells the story of 400 years of gardens, parks, town plans, rural cemeteries, farms, and design on the land. With descriptions of nearly 300 landscapes in all 39 cities and towns, plus biographies of landscape architectural firms active in Rhode Island, Historic Landscapes is an essential guide to understanding some of our most fragile and overlooked historic resources.

   Copies of the book will be distributed to local libraries throughout Rhode Island. Or you can order a copy through Blithewold Gardens, Mansion and Arboretum. Or visit Books on the Square (Providence), the Museum of Work and Culture (Woonsocket), or Barrington Books. (5/8/02)
2002 Preservation Conference in Westerly & Hopkinton
   The Seventeenth Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference was held in Westerly and Hopkinton on Saturday, April 6, 2002. The day-long conference got underway at the historic Westerly Armory and wrapped up at the landmark Westerly Public Library in Wilcox Park with dozens of panels, tours, and events between. Tours included River Bend Cemetery, Watch Hill, Hopkinton City, mill villages on the Wood and Pawcatuck Rivers, and more. Panels included such subjects as outhouses, affordable housing, regional planning, tax credits, historic landscapes. (5/2/02)