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enerida New staff at RIHPHC: Enerida Ademi
Enerida Ademi joined the RIHPHC staff as a Data Control Clerk. Recently relocated to Warwick, Enerida holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, specializing in Emergency Management at the University of New Haven. She will be working on administrative tasks as well as GIS projects, as the RIHPHC continues to develop its GIS capacity. Welcome Enerida! (12/14/18)
Position Available: Heritage Commission Aide
The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is seeking to fill the vacant position of Heritage Commission Aide. Duties include performing a variety of complex clerical and routine administrative duties that are necessary in support of overall functions and operations of the Rhode Island Heritage Commission; and to do related work as required.
dunes club National Register Update: Additional Documentation for Dunes Club
Additional Documentation has been accepted in the National Register of Historic Places to change the status of the Arthur Little House at the Dunes Club in Narragansett from non-contributing to contributing. Built in 1968 to designs by architect Rockwell King DuMoulin, the one-story, wood-shingled, heavily-glazed residence is a fine example of mid-20th-century Modern residential architecture in Rhode Island and represents the final phase of the club’s development. (11/26/18)

Comment Period Closed for Rules and Regulations Updates
In 2016, the Rhode Island legislature passed an update to its Administrative Procedures Act (APA), which requires all state agencies, including RIHPHC, to put the text of regulations in a standard format that was designed by the Secretary of State's office. All state agencies are going through the legal process to remove outdated rules and improve current regulations so that they are easier to understand. (10/5/18)

Andrews Mill New on the National Register: Andrews Mill in North Smithfield
Andrews Mill Company Plant in North Smithfield has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its contributions to the history of architecture and industry. The mill was built in 1918-19 for worsted production by a French company. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley acquired the property in 2018 and is planning a mixed-use rehab project with apartments, live-work units, and community spaces. (10/3/18)
Curt Genga Ten to be Honored at Rhody Awards
Volunteers dedicated to preserving two iconic Rhode Island lighthouses, a contractor who oversaw millions of dollars of complex preservation projects at the Newport Mansions (Curt Genga, pictured left), the industrial-size rehabilitation of a Providence power plant and the exterior restoration of a historic dormitory on URI’s Kingston campus—these are among the people and projects that will be honored at the ninth annual Rhode Island Preservation Celebration. Co-hosted by RIHPHC and Preserve Rhode Island, the event will take place at Belcourt of Newport from 4:00 to 6:30pm on Sunday, October 21. For more information, contract Preserve Rhode Island at (401)272-5101. (10/1/18)

Remembering Mercedes Monteiro
It is with a heavy heart that the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission acknowledges the passing of long time staff member and friend, Mercedes Monteiro.

Mercedes began work at the RIHPHC as a Heritage Aide in the spring of 1999. She organized nearly half of the 40 Heritage Day Festivals hosted by our office, drawing together Rhode Island’s diverse cultures in a joyous yearly celebration. She assisted upwards of 33 heritage subcommittees across the state. She helped to organize the annual December Celebrations event held at the State House. In 2007, Mercedes took on extra responsibilities working on the National Register of Historic Places and Tax Credit programs. Mercedes provided support on the Annual Preservation Conference and Rhody Awards each year. Her presence at the Old State House and throughout the Rhode Island communities she served will be greatly missed. (9/25/18)

georgiaville A New Look at Three Historic Districts
New information about three historic districts has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. RIHPHC Executive Director J. Paul Loether announced that the National Park Service has accepted additional documentation about African American and Cape Verdean history in the College Hill Historic District in Providence, amended the boundaries of the Rumford Historic District in East Providence, and accepted new documentation about the Georgiaville Historic District in Smithfield. (9/5/18)

Rhode Island Heritage Festival Postponed Until Further Notice
RIHPHC and partners have announced that the 41st Annual Rhode Island Heritage Festival has been postponed until further notice. We look forward to celebrating Rhode Island's ethnic and cultural diversity and hope to announce a new date very soon. (9/4/18)

Civil Rights Public Meeting for African American Civil Rights in Rhode Island Project on July 11, 5:30-7:30pm
RIHPHC, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and Rhode Island Historical Society are collaborating on a project to research, document, and interpret the history of African Americans’ struggle for Civil Rights in the 20th century. Catch up on what we have learned to date from archival research and interviews. Hear about how we will document places associated with Civil Rights history. And share your suggestions for sites, sources, and stories to consider in this exciting history and preservation project at historic Congdon Street Baptist Church, 17 Congdon Street in Providence. Parking is available in the lot behind the church, in RISD lots off Defoe Place, and on-street. Wheelchair entry from church parking lot. (6/29/18)

Restmere Listed in National Register
Rhode Island's newest listing in the National Register is the Alexander Van Rensselaer House in Middletown. "Restmere" (also known as "Villalou") was built in 1857 as the summer estate of Alexander Van Rensselaer of New York. Noted architect Richard Upjohn designed the three-story, wood-frame house that incorporates elements of the Italianate style and the emerging Stick Style. (6/15/18)

table New Commissioner Appointed to RIHPHC
At the June 13 Commission meeting, we welcomed newly appointed Commissioner Kaity Ryan. A resident of Smithfield, Kaity is the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Preservation Society of Newport County. Learn more about the Commissioners here. (6/15/18)
Dr. Gross's House

Upcoming Event: African American and Cape Verdean Heritage of College Hill
The Rhode island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and Rhode Island Black Heritage Society will host a meeting to share information and invite public comment about the expanded National Register nomination for the College Hill Historic District on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit Street in Providence. Historian Kathryn Grover and architectural historian Neil Larson will share their research and take questions. Please join us to learn something new about Providence's most historic neighborhood.

Please click here to view the amended National Register nomination for the College Hill Historic District. Share your comments at the meeting, or contact Joanna Doherty. (5/7/18)

Paul Loether, RIHPHC

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Appoints Executive Director
Commission Chairman Ruth S. Taylor announced that the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has appointed J. Paul Loether of Silver Spring, Maryland to serve as Executive Director. The selection follows a five-month search that evaluated 57 candidates from Rhode Island and nationwide.

Mr. Loether has 40 years of professional experience working in the field of historic preservation, exercising senior management and leadership at the state and national levels of government. For the last eleven years, he worked at the National Park Service in Washington, DC as Chief of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program, and he held the title of Keeper of the National Register. Previously he was the director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and State Historic Preservation Officer. He earned an undergraduate degree in history at Trinity College and a graduate degree in Public Policy with a focus on historic preservation. He will move to Rhode Island and begin work in June. (4/17/18)

usjb oculus Woonsocket and Newport are making moves in the National Register
Erected in 1926 as the headquarters of a French-Canadian brotherhood association, the L’Union Saint Jean-Baptiste d’Amerique building in Woonsocket has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of ethnic heritage, social history, and architecture. In Newport, the National Register nomination for the Kay Street-Catherine Street-Old Beach Road Historic District has been amended, dramatically expanding the documentation of its historically and architecturally significant resources. (3/30/18)
encuentro Register now for the preservation conference
The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Latinos in Heritage Conservation, and Rhode Island Latino Arts are proud to present Encuentro 2018 in Providence/Blackstone Valley. This groundbreaking event brings together the 3rd National Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the 33rd Annual Statewide Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference. Encuentro offers a national conversation about Latino historic preservation featuring guest speakers from across the country and opportunities to exchange ideas with historic preservation practitioners, as well as an engaging program of tours and special events. (3/9/18)
Brown U students Request for Proposals: Revised 3/29/18
The Rhode Island Historical Society, in partnership with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, is seeking a preservation consultant to conduct a survey of sites associated with the African American struggle for Civil Rights in 20th-century Rhode Island, the second phase of a three-phase project to discover, document, and share information about people, organizations, events, and places significant to the movement. The consultant will prepare a report that includes survey sheets, a context statement, analysis of the sites, and recommendations about the potential eligibility of sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Please share this opportunity. (3/1/18)
jenckes spinning Industrial properties in Central Falls, Pawtucket listed on National Register
The National Park Service has added the Jenckes Spinning Company Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places and expanded the National Register-listed Central Falls Mill Historic District. The two properties are significant to the history of architecture and industry. (2/21/18)
lippitt_uri Core of URI’s Kingston campus listed on National Register of Historic Places
The National Park Service has recognized the core of the University of Rhode Island’s main campus in Kingston as a historic district, adding it to the National Register of Historic Places. This federal distinction recognizes the University of Rhode Island Historic District for its contributions to the history of education, architecture and landscape architecture. The district includes approximately 29 acres on or around the grassy, tree-lined quadrangle of the Kingston campus. (11/17/18)
2018 SPG State Announces $4.6 million in Capital Grants for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Public Historic Sites
The Newport Art Museum, Newport's longtime artistic hub, hosted the State’s announcement of the latest State Cultural Facilities Grant and State Preservation Grant recipients. The State has awarded close to $4.6 million for capital preservation work at 33 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites around the state. Together, the projects represent $22,453,724 worth of construction activity. The awards include 20 State Preservation Grants administered by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. (1/9/17)