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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)

Remembering Rick Greenwood
It is with deep sorrow that the RIHPHC reports that Deputy Director Rick Greenwood passed away earlier this week. Dr. Richard Greenwood was a leader at RIHPHC for more than 25 years. There wasn't anything Rick didn't seem to know about Rhode Island history, and he seemed to be familiar with every historic site in the state. He was an expert in industrial history and authored research studies on industrialist Zachariah Allen, the Blackstone Valley, and Slater Mill historic site. He also knew early Rhode Island buildings and was an author of The Early Architecture and Landscapes of the Narragansett Basin for the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Before coming to Rhode Island, Rick was a historian at the National Historic Landmarks program of the National Park Service, and he was a preservation planner for the Maryland Historical Trust.

Rick's mentor and friend Professor Pat Malone said: "Rick was a wonderful guy and a dedicated industrial archaeologist. We will all miss him very much. Our field has lost one of its best practitioners. Rick was one of the finest writers I know. He always did superior work as a preservationist and as a scholar. He was equally adept in archives, classrooms, and preservation meetings. He could read a building, examine a waterpower site, or dig through archaeological strata as well as anyone. Whenever he led a tour or delivered a conference paper, you knew you were listening to an expert with a genuine enthusiasm for industrial history." (10/23/14)


Mack Woodward retires
With gratitude and well wishes, RIHPHC announces that Principal Architectural Historian Wm McKenzie (Mack) Woodward has retired after 38 years of dedicated service to historic preservation. Mack wrote and contributed to more than a dozen publications on Rhode Island’s architectural heritage. His research and insight explored the entire city of Providence, Block Island, and Little Compton, and special studies focused on Rhode Island’s six historic statehouses and historic landscapes. Mack prepared National Register nominations that cover more than 2,500 historic properties or over 2,000 acres of history, from Swan Point Cemetery in Providence to Newport’s Ocean Drive to Union Village in North Smithfield. (9/28/14)

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 8, 2014. (9/19/14)
cathedral Eleven cheers for the Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation
A family of craftsmen who specialize in historic masonry repair, a Providence diner saved from the scrapheap, a monumental Coventry mill rehabbed for apartments, and the inpsired stewardship of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul are among the people, places, and projects that will be honored at the sixth annual Rhode Island Preservation Celebration. The event will take place at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday, September 28. (9/16/14)

Congressman Cicilline commends RIHPHC
In a floor speech in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Cicilline thanked the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for its work. Click here to watch the Congressman's remarks. (7/29/14)

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Officials announce Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Projects for Rhode Island
enator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David N. Cicilline, and RIHPHC Executive Director Edward F. Sanderson announced the slate of federal Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants, worth more than $2.5 million for repairs to historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and for archaeological survey and recovery work. The historic Towers in Narragansett—a grant recipient—provided the setting for the event, organized by the RIHPHC, which operates the federal grant program on behalf of the National Park Service. (7/6/14)

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CLG Grants Announced
RIHPHC is awarding seven grants totaling about $59,300 to local historic preservation programs in Bristol, Cumberland, East Providence, Hopkinton, Newport, and Pawtucket. Grant projects include architectural assessments of historic buildings, a master plan for a historic farm, a mapping study of colonial settlement sites, two National Register nominations, a local historic district zoning workshop, a study of revisions to the National Flood Insurance Program as it relates to historic districts, and updates to a survey of historic mill buildings. (6/13/14)

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National Park Service designates Coventry as a CLG
As a newly designated Certified Local Government, Coventry is an official partner in the federal historic preservation program which engages local, state, and federal partners in grassroots historic preservation. The designation also gives Coventry access to annual grants for historic preservation that are awarded by the RIHPHC from the Historic Preservation Fund for Certified Local Governments. (5/1/14)

aldrich mansion Call for nominations: Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation
The Rhody Awards honor great preservation achievements, people who have made a difference in their community, and projects that inspire others to protect special places in Rhode Island. Click here to download a nomination form. Nominations are due on Friday, May 23, 2014. (4/30/14)
preservation conference Pride in Preservation: register now for the preservation conference
RIHPHC presents the 29th Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Warren on Saturday, April 26. The program for "Pride in Preservation" is now available online--with 26 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. (3/3/14)