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Call for ideas: 25th Annual Conference
RIHPHC will present the 25th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Little Compton on Saturday, April 24, 2010. With planning is underway, now is the time to suggest ideas for session topics, recent projects to fit into a session, tours (Little Compton/Tiverton)--even a keynote speaker! Whom do you want to hear? What do you want to learn? Where do you want to tour? Let Sarah Zurier know. (11/2/09)

portsmouth abbey chapel Presenting the 2009 Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation
Preserve RI and RIHPHC will present 2009's Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation to a remarkable group of people, projects, and places from around the state. Awardees include the restoration of Portsmouth Abbey Chapel (left), a professional who represents the Narragansett Indian Tribe in preservation matters, and the family effort to refurbish a classic 1950s diner in Rumford. Join us in saluting 17 honorees at the Preservation Celebration on Thurs., Oct. 29, from 5:30-8:30pm at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Contact PRI at (401)272-5101 for more information. (10/19/09)
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Grant awards for community preservation projects
The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission announced 16 grants totaling $203,000 to local historic preservation programs. Recipients include the towns of Barrington, Charlestown, Foster, Jamestown, Lincoln, Little Compton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, and South Kingstown, as well as the cities of East Providence and Providence. In Jamestown, a grant will help the community survey and prepare a National Register nomination for the Shoreby Hill neighborhood (see left). (9/16/09)

hope webbing Last call for nominations: RI Preservation Awards
RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and Preserve RI are teaming up to present the 2009 RI Historic Preservation Awards. The awards honor outstanding people, places, projects, and programs. To submit a nomination, download a form and send it back to Mack Woodward at the RIHPHC by July 31. Honorees will be announced at the RI Preservation Celebration on Thursday, October 29.(6/3/09)
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Hot sounds at the 2009 RI Heritage Festival
Latin jazz legend Carlos de Leon headlines the upcoming RIHeritage Festival on the State House Lawn in Providence on Saturday, August 29. Other entertainment at this family-friendly and free event include Bolivian, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Panamanian, and Portuguese groups as well as Square/Round Dancers. Celebrate Rhode Island's diverse cultures with friends from around the world. (7/22/09)

preserve america Apply for a Preservation is Local Grant
Applications are available for $200,000 in federal matching Preservation is Local Grants. These grants will be made to local governments to support preservation needs relating to survey and documentation, local historic districts, heritage tourism and education, historic property management, and land use/planning. Applications are due on July 17, and there will be two grants workshops on June 4 and 5. For more information, visit our Preservation is Local page. (5/18/09)
pettaquamscutt Nearly 500 turn out for RI Preservation Conference
The RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference was held on URI's Kingston Campus on Saturday, April 25. The day's events include a keynote address by former NH Agriculture Chief Steve Taylor, 12 workshops, and 11 tours of the region. For more info, visit the conference website, or contact Janet Balletto at 401-732-1009. (5/7/09)
central diner Grants for local projects: Bristol, Newport, Providence
RIHPHC will award five Certified Local Government grants totaling about $54,000 to local preservation programs. A grant of $22,695 will fund a survey of the Kay St-Catherine St-Old Beach Rd National Register District in Newport. For $9000, the Providence Revolving Fund will undertake the second phase of a National Register nomination titled “The Diners of Rhode Island." Also in Providence, a grant of $10,000 will support survey work and an amendment to the National Register nomination for the Jewelry Manufacturing National Register District. In Bristol, $2500 will enable the Bristol Art Museum to hire a preservation architect to assist with their project to convert the carriage barn into a community art center. The Commission has also reserved $10,000 to fund the 2010 RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. (4/6/09)
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Proposed law regulates gas meters
Recently, owners of historic houses in Providence have clashed with the utility company National Grid over its attempt to locate gas meters on the exterior front facade. Legislators in the RI General Assembly have introduced bills to require the utility to give preference to less visually prominent locations for meters and to consult with property owners before work begins. In local historic districts, preservation commissions would have jurisdiction over these alterations. For more information, see the House (H 5088) and Senate (S 0107) bills.

saveourhistory Apply for a Save our History Grant
The Save Our History Grant Program provides funding to history organizations that partner with schools on local community preservation projects. History will award grants of up to $10,000 for hands-on, experiential educational projects that teach students about their local history and actively engage them in its preservation. For more information see, www.saveourhistory.com. Applications are due June 5, 2009. (1/29/09)
farm Save the Date! 24th Annual RI Preservation Conference
Preservation is stepping out in South County. The 24th Annual RI Statewide Preservation Conference will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in South Kingstown. For more information, contact Sarah Zurier. (1/29/09)