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News: 2017 archive

Otis Angell Gristmill Five new National Register listings
The National Park Service has added the Otis Angell Gristmill (North Providence), Naushon Company Plant (Cumberland), Rochambeau Worsted Company Mill (Providence), Lafayette Worsted Company Administrative Headquarters Historic District (Woonsocket), and Woonsocket Senior High and Junior High Schools to the National Register of Historic Places. The five National Register nominations document urban and rural, vernacular and architect-designed buildings that convey local history. (11/28/17)
RIHPHC seeks Executive Director
RIHPHC seeks new leadership after the retirement of its long-serving head. The Executive Director will lead a well-established and respected organization with an outstanding professional staff and strong support from communities and grass-roots constituents statewide. The Executive Director will serve as the State’s Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) or Deputy SHPO.

We expect the December 4, 2017 closing date will be extended. (11/16/17)

Aliciia Chy RIHPHC New staff at RIHPHC: Alicia Chy
Alicia Chy joined the RIHPHC staff as a Data Control Clerk. She most recently served as an intern for the Office of Performance Management at the R.I. Department of Transportation. Alicia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Rhode Island College. She will be working on administrative tasks as well as GIS projects, as the RIHPHC continues to develop its GIS capacity. Welcome Alicia! (10/3/17)
archaeology month 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 South Kingstown,, explore artifacts of Warwick, and more. RIHPHC has planned nine free events to engage the public with professional archaeologists. (9/20/17)
  R.I. Heritage Festival on September 9
Join RIHPHC and partners from around Rhode Island for the 40th Annual Heritage Day celebrating cultures from around the world. The free event takes place on Saturday, September 9 from 12:00 to 5:30pm on the State House Lawn (Gaspee and Francis streets) 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 10. (9/8/17)
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American Supply Company listed on National Register
A mill building in Central Falls has been recognized for its contributions to the history of industry. The National Park Service has added the American Supply Company Building to the National Register of Historic Places. Erected in 1875, this vernacular factory building is a rare example of the supply houses that manufactured equipment and machine parts for the textile industry. (8/17/17)

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Edward "Ted" Sanderson retires from the RIHPHC
Edward F. Sanderson worked at the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission for 42 years, starting as staff to the Providence Historic District Commission, and appointed RIHPHC Executive Director in 1984. Mentored by Antoinette Downing and Fred Williamson, Ted became one of Rhode Island's most respected leaders in historic preservation. During his tenure, RIHPHC has documented and protected thousands of historic buildings and archaeological sites and approved historic rehabilitation and restoration projects for approximately 2,500 historic buildings representing investment of $2.8 billion in Rhode Island’s heritage and economy. We wish Ted all the best in his retirement. The Commission has named Jeffrey Emidy to serve as Acting Executive Director. (8/1/17)

table RIHPHC Welcomes New Commissioners
At the July 12 meeting, RIHPHC welcomed new Commissioners Tripp Evans, Morgan Grefe, Tanya Kelley, Lucie Searle, and John Smith and thanked outgoing Commissioners Mohamad Farzan, Karst Hoogeboom, Pat Malone, Ronald Onorato, and Pieter Roos for their service to the State of Rhode Island. Learn more about the Commissioners here. (7/20/17)
Chinese Tea House

Applications Available: 2017 State Preservation Grants
Applications for the 2017 round of State Preservation Grants are now available for download. Over $1 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings.

RIHPHC will host several information sessions: on June 13 at 10:30am (424 Bellevue Ave., Newport); on June 14 at 3:00pm (150 Benefit St. Providence), and on June 15 at 10:30am (82 Peirce St, East Greenwich).

A Letter of Intent about your proposed project is encouraged by July 1 but not required in advance of the application deadline. Applications are due by August 18. (5/30/17)


Submit a nomination for a Rhody Award
RIHPHC and PRI are accepting nominations for the Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation to be presented at the Preservation Celebration on Sunday, October 22 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence. Nominations are due on May 12, 2017.

17conf The Economics of Historic Preservation: SOLD OUT!
RIHPHC presents the 32nd Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Westerly and Charlestown on Saturday, April 29. For more information, visit the conference website. (4/17/17)
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State Announces $57,900 in Grants for Local Preservation Programs
The R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission has announced its intention to award six grants totaling about $57,900 to local historic preservation programs. Grants to Cumberland, Newport, North Kingstown, and Providence will support a variety of local preservation activities, including development of design guidelines for two historic districts, a statewide economic study, installation of educational signage, an architectural assessment for a historic library, and the annual statewide historic preservation conference. (2/16/17)

grants event State Announces $3.8 million in Capital Grants for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Public Historic Sites
Historic Linden Place, site of a historic house museum and the Bristol Art Museum, hosted the State’s announcement of the latest State Cultural Facilities Grant and State Preservation Grant recipients. The State has awarded close to $3.8 million for capital preservation work at 33 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites around the state. Together, the projects represent $16,736,891 worth of construction activity. The awards include 15 State Preservation Grants administered by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. (1/19/17)
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National Park Service Grant for Rhode Island Civil Rights Project
The National Park Service has announced a $49,557.76 grant to the Rhode Island Historical Society, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, for a multi-phase project focusing on African Americans' struggle for Civil Rights in Rhode Island during the 20th century. The team aims to identify new primary source materials, establish a comprehensive study of the state’s 20th-century Civil Rights history, compile a survey report and recommendations for National Register listing, and assemble educational materials to share the findings. (1/13/17)

17conf The Economics of Historic Preservation : Save the Date for R.I.'s Preservation Conference
RIHPHC presents the 32nd Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Westerly and Charlestown on Saturday, April 29. The program will be available by early March. Visit the conference website for more information. (1/11/17)