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Dave Kelleher of East Providence Meet the Rhodys
A master craftsman of architectural sheet metal, long-time preservationists from East Providence and Newport, a community museum in a Bristol carriage barn, a historic bridge that became a public park—these are among the eleven people, places, and projects that will be honored at the eighth annual Rhode Island Preservation Celebration. The event will take place at Rosecliff in Newport from 4:00 to 6:30pm on Sunday, October 16. The Rhody Awards, chosen by Preserve Rhode Island (PRI) and the Rhode Island 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. (9/27/16)
fort-ninigret October is Archaeology Month
During the month of October, you can participate in an archaeological dig in Providence, observe the use of remote sensing technology in Charlestown, walk and talk through a historic landscape in Middletown, and attend lectures and open houses from Block Island to Warwick. RIHPHC has planned eight free events to engage the public with professional archaeologists. (9/22/16)
hurricane sandy archaeology

Public Meetings to Discuss Coastal Archaeological Sites
RIHPHC will convene two public stakeholder meetings to discuss the nature, significance, and management of coastal archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Using Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the RIHPHC designed and administered surveys to identify and evaluate these sites.

The South Coast Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 7-9pm at The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. The Block Island Archaeology Stakeholder Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 20 from 1-4pm at the Island Free Library, Dodge Street, Block Island..(8/18/16)

heritage fest Mark your calendars: R.I. Heritage Festival on September 10
Join RIHPHC and partners from around Rhode Island for the 39th Annual Heritage Day celebrating cultures from around the world. The free event takes place on Saturday, September 10 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 11. (9/6/16)
perry homestead Perry Homestead Historic District Listed on National Register
A Westerly family compound developed over the course of two centuries has been listed on the National Register. The Perry Homestead Historic District presents an array of well-preserved historic residences built, updated, and restored in a designed landscape that joins the properties in a unified composition. (8/17/16)
Braitsch Plant

Just Listed: William J. Braitsch and Company Plant
An Elmwood factory built in 1892 for the manufacture of silver umbrella and cane heads has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The William J. Braitsch and Company Plant is significant for its physical expression of the evolution of Providence’s silversmith trade from small-scale artisanry to large-scale manufacture. (8/5/16)

American Brewing Co.

American Brewing Company Listed on the National Register
A former brewery in Providence’s Valley neighborhood has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of architecture, engineering, and industry. The National Park Service has added the American Brewing Company to the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1892 and expanded ca. 1900 and in 1911, the American Brewing Co. Plant is significant as a fine example of an urban, industrial-scale, gravitation brewery that conducted brewing process in vertically arranged spaces. (7/14/16)

bristol statehouse

Applications Available: 2016 State Preservation Grants
Applications for the 2016 round of State Preservation Grants are now available on the RIHPHC website. Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings.

Applications are due by Friday, August 19, 2016. A Letter of Intent about your proposed project is encouraged but not required in advance of the application deadline.

(5/27/16, updated 7/14/16)

wakefield branch Deadline Extended to June 3: Nominate a Person, Project, or Program for a Rhody Award
The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation 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 and then return it to us by Friday, June 3. Save the date--Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will present the eighth annual Preservation Celebration and Rhody Awards at Rosecliff on Sunday, October 16. (updated 5/20/16)

CLG Grants Announced
RIHPHC is awarding seven grants totaling about $57,900 to local historic preservation programs in East Providence, East Greenwich, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, and Providence. Grant projects include architectural planning for a historic carousel; a master plan for a historic school building; planning documents for a historic town-owned farm; a National Register nomination for an industrial district; a charrette for a historic state-owned building; the reevaluation of a historic commercial district; and the annual statewide historic preservation conference. (5/16/16)

prospect heights Pawtucket's Prospect Heights Listed on National Register
A public housing complex has received federal recognition for its contributions to social history and the history of community planning/development in Pawtucket. The National Park Service has added Prospect Heights to the National Register of Historic Places. Built by the Pawtucket Housing Authority between 1941 and 1942, the Prospect Heights Housing Project is significant as Pawtucket’s first and only New Deal-era, federally-funded public housing project. (3/4/16)
brownings beach

Historic Coastal Communities & Flood Hazards Study
This 2015 planning study identifies Rhode Island’s historic communities at greatest risk from coastal flooding, and it evaluates available responses to coastal flooding risks, including: the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA and state coastal regulations, and resilient design. The study was commissioned by the City of Newport and funded by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission through the federal Certified Local Government Grants program. (2/25/16) Report and Appendices

ram point Westerly's Ram Point Listed on National Register
An early-20th-century summer estate in Avondale has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of architecture in Westerly. The National Park Service has added Ram Point to the National Register of Historic Places. Built ca. 1903 for Dr. John Whitridge Williams, Ram Point is an excellent example of a Colonial Revival-style summer estate, with a commodious main house and several secondary structures, including a boathouse and dock. (1/18/16)
spg State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Facilities Grants Announced
RIHPHC and RISCA announced the 47 State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Faclities Grants totalling nearly $4 million at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. Senator Cynthia Coyne, Senator Mark Gee, Representative Mia Ackerman, Representative Samuel Azzinaro, Mayor Charles Lombardi, Mayor Susan Baldelli-Hunt, and Mayor William Murray joined Edward Sanderson and Randall Rosenbaum in congratulating the recipients. (1/11/16)
nk Building and Preserving South County: Save the Date for R.I.'s Preservation Conference
RIHPHC presents the 31st Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in North Kingstown and Exeter on Saturday, April 30. The program will be available in early March. Visit the conference website for more information. (1/9/16)
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)