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elm tree plat bungalow Suburban Haven: Two East Providence Plats Listed on National Register
Two residential plats in the Riverside neighborhood have been recognized for their contributions to the history of architecture and community planning of East Providence. The National Park Service has added the Rose Land Park Plat and the Elm Tree Plat Historic Districts to the National Register of Historic Places. These two residential historic districts represent the rapid suburbanization of Riverside in the early to mid-20th century. (12/29/15)

Ribbon-Cutting at Eisenhower House in Newport
State Representative Marvin L. Abney and representatives from the R.I. Department of Administration, the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and the Newport Chamber of Commerce gathered on the porch of Eisenhower House in scenic Fort Adams State Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $2.16 million project to restore and upgrade the facility. The historic venue is ready to host a wide variety of functions at a range of rates throughout the year. (10/7/15)


Call for ideas
The 31st Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in North Kingstown and Exeter. Have a suggestion for a conference workshop, tour, or speaker? Workshops run 75 minutes long and focus on topics like village revitalization, sea level rise, local history, archaeology, etc. Tours run 1.25, 2.5, or 3 hours long. To share your idea, email Sarah Zurier. If you are suggesting a topic for a tour or workshop, please include the names of potential speakers or organizations that might participate. (9/28/15)


RIHPHC welcomes new staff
The RIHPHC is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Glenn R. Modica will serve as the Project Review Coordinator. For the previous sixteen years, Glenn was Principal Senior Historian at Richard Grubb & Associates, a cultural resources consulting firm in New Jersey. He earned a B.A. in History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a M.A. in History at The City College of New York in New York City. At the RIHPHC, Glenn will review projects funded or permitted by federal and state agencies to ensure compliance with historic preservation regulations.

Elizabeth D. Warburton has joined the staff as a Senior Architectural Historian. She most recently served as the Collections Manager at The Preservation Society of Newport County and has previously worked at Preserve Rhode Island, Rhode Island College Special Collections, Rhode Island State Library, and the RIHPHC, where she completed an internship when she was in college. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Rhode Island College and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from The University of Vermont. She will be working on National Register-related projects for the RIHPHC. (9/16/15)

wakefield branch Ocean State's Eleven: The 2015 Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation
A volunteer champion of Beavertail Lighthouse, a mill rehabbed to serve as a hub for healthcare in South Providence, a former Rumford library to call home, and a fixer-upper hardware store in Wakefield (left) are among the people, places, and projects that will be honored at the seventh annual Rhode Island Preservation Celebration. The event will take place at the Dunes Club in Narragansett from 4:00 to 6:30pm on Sunday, September 27. The Rhody Awards, chosen by Preserve Rhode Island (PRI) and the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) from nominations by the public, honor individuals, organizations, and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Rhode Island’s historic places. (9/14/15)
RIC students Calendar of Events for Rhode Island Archaeology Month
Rhode Island’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Edward F. Sanderson, is pleased to announce that Rhode Island will join the list of U.S. states that celebrate Archaeology Month in October. The R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission has organized a wide-ranging program of 13 events, providing the public with opportunities to learn about our state’s rich archeological heritage directly from the professional and academic researchers who are making the latest discoveries. Topics include Native American lifeways, colonial period settlements, and historic shipwrecks.

All of the events that take place in Rhode Island are free and open to the public. (9/9/15)

  Mark your calendars: R.I. Heritage Festival on September 12
Join RIHPHC and partners from around Rhode Island for the 38th Annual Heritage Day celebrating cultures from around the world. The free event takes place on Saturday, September 12 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at the Roger Williams National Memorial, 282-84 North Main Street in Providence. Heritage groups representing five continents will showcase traditional music, dance, food, and art. And under the children's tent, there will be free face painting, arts, and crafts. Rain date: Sunday, September 13. (8/19/15)
cutler house Two on the National Register: Cutler House and Dunes Club
Two additional Rhode Island properties were recently listed on the National Register. Built in 1880, the Susan and Edward Cutler House is an unusually well preserved example of a Late Victorian, Stick-style dwelling with many of its historic finishes and architectural features remaining intact. The Dunes Club recreational complex expresses the history of Narragansett as a resort community and is an excellent example of early 20th-century beach club architecture. (6/23/15)
cedar hill New on the National Register: Cedar Hill and Standard Paper Box
The National Park Service has added the Cedar Hill estate in Warwick and Standard Paper Box Corporation plant in Pawtucket to the National Register of Historic Places. Cedar Hill is an extraordinarily well-preserved example of a large, luxurious country estate founded by a wealthy industrialist family. The Standard Paper Box Corporation mill complex is an important example of the factories that provided essential services to the region’s jewelry industry. (6/9/15)
hurricane sandy archaeology Rhode Island Archaeology Month is October 2015
Rhode Island's State Historic Preservation Officer has designated October as Rhode Island Archaeology Month. Organized by the R.I. Historical & Preservation Commission, this celebration promotes our state's rich archaeological heritage through a series of engaging programs. A calendar of events will be publsihed in mid-September. (6/4/15)

Revised Regulations for State Preservation Grants Available for Review
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 42-45 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act Chapter 42-35 of the General Laws, the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission hereby gives notice of its intent to amend Rules and Regulations for the State Preservation Grants of the State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. (5/12/15)

old brick schoolhouse

African-American of College Hill Project Kickoff
On Thursday, May 14 at 5pm at the Old State House (150 Benefit St, Providence), the R.I. Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) and the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will kick off their collaborative project, African-American Heritage of College Hill. Funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service, this two-year project will research and document the history of African Americans in the College Hill Historic District in Providence. At the project kickoff, representatives from RIBHS and RIHPHC will introduce the project and the project team. Then they will invite the audience to identify historic buildings associated with the African-American community within the district and to discuss major historical themes. (5/5/15)

jeff emidy

Jeff Emidy Appointed Deputy Director
The RIHPHC is pleased to announce that Jeff Emidy has been promoted to Deputy Director. After interning with the RIHPHC while in graduate school, Jeff was hired in 2005 to serve as the National Register Assistant. He began working as the Project Review Coordinator in 2007. Jeff will oversee the National Register of Historic Places and survey programs, will work with communities on their Certified Local Government programs and planning activities, and will work with our staff archaeologists. Jeff has also been appointed to serve as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. (5/5/15)

chepachet tour 519 Flock to Chepachet for Annual Preservation Conference
The 30th Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference brought 519 preservationists to Chepachet for tours, workshops, and lectures. Keynote speaker Robert Thorson of the University of Connecticut presented "From Sticks to Stones and Back Again: The Underground Story of New England's Stone Walls." Senator Jack Reed and Congressman David Cicilline were honored for their work in creating the new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. All in all, it was a terrific day for exploring Rhode Island's rugged northwest corner. Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, and participants! (4/30/15)
Ted Sanderson

Ted Sanderson Reappointed R.I. State Historic Preservation Officer
Governor Gina M. Raimondo has appointed Ted (Edward F.) Sanderson to replace Jonathan Stevens as the State Historic Preservation Officer. Sanderson is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. He has served as RIHPHC Executive Director for the last 30 years; throughout that time he also served as SHPO or Deputy SHPO.  In addition to directing the work of the RIHPHC, he was elected President of the national organization of state historic preservation officers and has served as a member of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and on committees of the National Park Service Advisory Board. (4/17/15)

katy jurczyk RIHPHC Staff Updates
The RIHPHC is pleased to welcome Katherine Jurczyk to its staff as the Grants Manager. Katy previously worked at the R.I. Office of Management and Budget and the R.I. Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment. She earned a B.A. in History from American University in Washington, D.C. At the RIHPHC, Katy will work on the State Preservation Grants, Certified Local Government Grants, federal grants, state grants, and loan programs.

In other staff news, Joanna Doherty has been promoted to Principal Architectural Historian. (4/7/15)

Registration is Open for R.I.'s 30th Annual Preservation Conference
Register now to attend the 30th Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Glocester on Saturday, April 25. "Sticks and Stones" will explore historic rural landscapes and the long-term impact of changes on the land. Twelve sessions, eleven tours, six films, and countless opportunities to network with colleagues. Sign up before April 11 to reserve your spot--or walk in on the day of the conference.

  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. (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)
< 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. (12/23/14)