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allen-west house Barrington's Allen-West House listed on National Register
The Allen-West House in Barrington has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of agriculture, architecture, and community planning. Built ca. 1763, the square-plan house is a significant local example of the Georgian style and a rare survivor of the early colonial settlement of Barrington. (12/22/13)
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Champlin Foundations to fund new case for R.I. Colonial Charter
The Champlin Foundations has awarded the Rhode Island State House Restoration Society a grant of $161,000 toward the cost of fabricating and installing a new state-of-the-art display case for Rhode Island’s 1663 Colonial Charter. (12/2/13)

sandy Request For Propsoals: Hurricane Sandy Grants Assistant
Preserve Rhode Island (in collaboration with R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission) will receive proposals for a consultant to provide assistance administering Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for historic properties. The submission deadline is 11/1/13. (10/25/13) UPDATE: This position has been filled.

Jonathan Stevens appointed R.I. State Historic Preservation Officer
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has appointed Jonathan Stevens to replace Edward F. Sanderson as R.I. State Historic Preservation Officer.  Sanderson will remain Executive Director of the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. In each state, the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) is the Governor’s representative to the federal historic preservation program. (10/15/13)

stairs Certified Local Government grant applications available
Each year the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission awards federal 50 percent matching grants to local governments whose municipal historic preservation program has been certified by the Commission. Applications are available now and due on December 6, 2013. (9/19/13)
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Tiverton Church listed on National Register
The First Baptist Church in Tiverton has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of architecture, religion, and community planning.  Home to one of the oldest Baptist congregations in the country, the First Baptist Church is a fine example of a rural church complex and an important community institution for more than three centuries. (9/5/13) press release

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Celebrate the 2013 Rhody Award Winners
Join RIHPHC and Preserve Rhode Island for the fifth annual Preservation Celebration on Sunday, September 29 between 4 and 7pm at the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly. Congratulate the winners of the 2013 Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation, and celebrate the return of the R.I. Historic Tax Credit. Tickets ($30) are on sale at Preserve Rhode Island. (8/30/13)


Thank you, Sharon!
With heartfelt best wishes, RIHPHC announces that Senior Grants Coordinator Sharon Allison has retired after 30 years of dedicated service to historic preservation.  Sharon managed the Certified Local Governments program since its inception; 17 cities and towns have historic district commissions, and the RIHPHC awards approximately $50,000 in CLG grants each year.  In addition, Sharon has managed Lighthouse restoration grants, Preservation is Local – Preserve America grants, RI State Preservation Grants, and others.  She also managed the Commission’s Loan program. (8/30/13)

old state house Position Available: Senior Historic Preservation Specialist/Grants Coordinator
RIHPHC is seeking to fill a new position of Senior Historic Preservation Specialist/Grants Coordinator. This position coordinates grant-funded program information and assists in the preparation of
RIHPHC's annual Federal grant applications to the National Park Service among many other duties.. The application period is August 1, 2013 to September 10, 2013 or until filled. (8/30/13) UPDATE: This position has been filled.
heritagefest 36th Annual R.I. Heritage Day Festival to take place on 9/14
Join in a lively celebration of Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage.  The Roger Williams National Memorial (at 282 North Main St) will be filled with displays and food from countries such as Ecuador, India, Korea, and France to showcase their culture, music, and dance. Take part in the parade or sit back and enjoy music and dance from around the world. (7/10/13)
elizabeth-webbing Historic Preservation Tax Credits in State Budget
The R.I. General Assembly has included $34.5 million in Historic Preservation Tax Credits in the State Budget.  The $34.5 million in credits represents $136 million to $170 million in historic rehabilitation work. RIGL 44-33.6 is a new state law, and RIHPHC and Taxation will send out more information and updates on the program as we learn more details. (6/28/13)
kinney bungalow Anthony-Kinney Farm listed on National Register
A historic farm in the Point Judith Neck area of Narragansett has been listed on the National Register In continuous agricultural use since the 17th century, the Anthony-Kinney Farm was redeveloped for recreational use at the turn of the century. Today, the property’s open fields, stone walls, agricultural buildings, and distinctive Bungalow represent the evolution of Point Judith Neck from fertile farmland to rural outpost of Narragansett’s resort community. (6/19/13)
hurricane Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties
The RIHPHC is preparing to award $3 million in historic preservation grants to preserve and/or rehabilitate historic properties and sites impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Properties eligible for grants must be listed on the National Register or must meet the criteria for listing. Grants are available to privately and publicly (non-federal) owned properties. (5/31/13)
odd fellows hall Preservation grants for 5 communities
The RIHPHC is awarding eight grants totaling about $54,500 to local historic preservation programs.  These grants to Bristol, Cranston, East Providence, Providence, and Warwick will support a wide variety of local preservation activities, including a smartphone app for historic neighborhood walking tours, a mapping study of early colonial settlement sites, architectural assessments of several important historic buildings, survey and documentation of a National Register district, a planning study of a historic industrial plant, and revisions to the design review program for Downtown Providence. (5/23/13)
shaw plat Cranston's Shaw Plat listed on the National Register
A well-preserved residential neighborhood in Cranston has been listed on the National Register as part of the Edgewood Historic District.  Largely developed between 1880 and 1962, the Edgewood Historic District – Shaw Plat demonstrates the transformation of Edgewood from an agrarian community to a sparsely settled region of fashionable country houses and summer resorts and finally to a more densely developed, middle-class, streetcar and early-automobile suburb. (5/20/13)
crescent beach Field Note:Tropical Storm Sandy at the Crescent Beach Site
In the latest Rhode Island Archaeology Field Note, archaeologist Joseph N. Waller, Jr. discusses a previously unknown Native American archaeological site that was exposed by Tropical Storm Sandy last October. Preliminary interpretations suggest that the Crescent Beach Site was a location where the indigenous Block Islanders camped, made stone tools, and cooked or processed foods roughly 1600 and 500 years ago. (5/15/2013)

Lymansville Company Mill listed on the National Register
A North Providence mill built in 1884 and expanded and improved over the following two decades has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Designed and built for the manufacture and finishing of worsted yarn and cloth, the Lymansville Company Mill is a fine example of a Rhode Island textile mill and represents the rise and fall of the state’s woolen and worsted industry. (3/28/13)


Seasonal Maintenance Intern position available at Eisenhower House
This part-time job entails providing logistical support, maintenance & repair services to the Eisenhower House, an events rental facility located at Fort Adams State Park. Duties not only include maintenance & repair work but also pre-event cleaning & preparations. (1/29/13) [THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED]

royal mill PRESERVATION WORKS: Preservation Conference Registration Open
The program for the 28th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference on Saturday, April 27 is now available online--with 24 workshops, lectures, and tours on a variety of preservation topics. Visit the conference website and download a pdf of the program. Programs will be mailed in early March. (2/27/13)
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Field Note: Archaeology at Block Island’s Harbor Pond Site
Check out the latest Rhode Island Archaeology Field Note to learn about a Native American archaeological site on Block Island. The Harbor Pond Site was occupied as early as 2000 BC and then again around 300 BC by a series of overlapping encampments that were occupied by few individuals or perhaps small families for several days to several weeks at a time. (2/19/13)

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Position available: Senior Historic Preservation Specialist: Historian
The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is seeking to fill a new position of Senior Historian – Transportation Projects Reviewer.  RIHPHC program responsibilities include protection of Rhode Island's many significant historic properties through Federal Section 106 review and Rhode Island state review and comment on public undertakings that may impact historic resources. The application period is January 28, 2013 to March 4, 2013 or until filled. (1/29/13) [POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED]

stonehouse Rhode Island Archaeological Field Notes launches
New to the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission website is Rhode Island Archaeological Field Notes. These short articles periodically spotlight recent studies and research advances from around the state. For more information, contact Timothy Ives. (1/2/13)
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New State Preservation Plan released
Recently approved by the National Park Service, Saving for the Future: A Statewide Historic Preservation Plan for Rhode Island summarizes the state of historic preservation in Rhode Island and provides an outline of how we should best direct our preservation efforts over the next five years. It is designed for the people of Rhode Island, their state government officials, local planning agencies, and the National Park Service. The new document reflects a revision of earlier plans, insights from the RIHPHC's 2009 Preservation Is Local program, as well as feedback from the public. (11/20/12)