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Glocester Receives $250,000 Federal Preservation Grant
The National Park Service (NPS) announced a $250,000 grant to the Town of Glocester from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program to launch a subgrant program targeted for the village of Chepachet. Listed in the National Register in 1971, Chepachet Village Historic District encompasses over 100 buildings from the 18th-20th centuries. The Town of Glocester is currently developing guidelines for the subgrant program and expects to announce an open call for proposals in early 2020. RIHPHC collaborated with the Town of Glocester on the application to NPS. (11/15/19)


New National Register Listing: Cumberland Town Hall Historic District
Cumberland’s town center has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of community development and architecture. The Cumberland Town Hall Historic District includes two buildings and one statue near the northeast corner of Broad and Mill Streets in the village of Valley Falls. The Colonial Revival Town Hall was designed by William R. Walker & Son and erected in 1894. The granite statue depicting a World War II infantryman is part of a veterans’ memorial located near the southwest corner of Town Hall. Next door to the east is the former Valley Falls Post Office/Valley Falls Free Library: a two-story brick commercial building constructed ca. 1890. (11/7/19)

stairs Apply for a Certified Local Government grant
RIHPHC welcomes applications for local and statewide preservation planning projects, like National Register nominations, architectural surveys, preservation training, public education activities, and historic structure reports. Contact Katherine Pomplun to share your ideas for a grant project. Applications are due on December 31, 2019.
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Arch-tober is Rhode Island Archaeology Month
All month long, RIHPHC invites the public to participate in Rhode Island Archaeology Month. Learn about Rhode Island’s rich archaeological heritage though a series of seven free events led by the professional community. Events include:

  • October 5: Brayton Cemetery Scavenger Hunt.
  • October 10: Not the Gaspee"--Two Shipwrecks in Occupessatuxet Cove, Warwick: A Study of Site Stability and Disintegration
  • October 12: Digging Manisses: Block Island’s Recent Archaeological Contributions to Understanding Rhode Island’s Native American Past
  • October 19: Walking Through Time: The 3000-Year History of the URI Campus
  • October 19: Archaeology of College Hill Community Archaeology Day
  • October 19: Uncover Archaeology: Community Archaeology Day at the Joukowsky Institute
  • October 23: Revisiting Snowtown: The Archaeology of the North Shore Site in Providence
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Planning for Preservation: Preservation Under Pressure
RIHPHC will convene a public meeting to discuss threats to cultural resources and approaches to protecting Rhode Island’s historic places on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center (45 Upper College Road, URI/Kingston). Panelists include RIHPHC Deputy Director Jeffrey Emidy, landscape designer Tanya Kelley, and architect Clifford M. Renshaw. Join the conversation to provide feedback and share your thoughts on how the state historic preservation plan should address current and future issues in preservation. Preservation Under Pressure is the third in a series of public meetings that will inform an update to Rhode Island's state historic preservation plan.

Sponsored by the URI Department of History.

Free parking is available in the lot behind the building at 75 Briar Lane. A visitor permit is required. Please register your car online in advance or at the front desk of the Higgins Welcome Center on the day of the meeting.

Contact Elizabeth Rochefort to RSVP to the meeting or for more information. flyer (9/27/19)

heritage festival 2019

R.I. Heritage Day Festival THIS SATURDAY
Extra! Extra! Read all about Rhode Island's 41st Heritage Day Festival, coming up this Saturday at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center (172 Exchange St) on September 21 from noon to 5pm. Join RIHPHC and partners for an amazing day of fashion, food, music, and art showcasing Rhode Island's diverse cultural heritage. (9/19/19)


Job Posting: Project Review Coordinator
RIHPHC seeks candidates for the position of Project Review Coordinator - Senior Historic Preservation Specialist. The Project Review Coordinator conducts reviews, coordinates review by RIHPHC specialists, and provides technical assistance to government agencies and individual citizens to protect historical resources and assist Rhode Island projects to secure needed federal and state approval. Applications are due by September 30, 2019 or until filled. (9/10/19)

heritage festival 2019

R.I. Heritage Day Festival planned for Pawtucket on September 21
The RIHPHC will host Rhode Island's 41st Heritage Day Festival at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center (172 Exchange St) on September 21 from noon to 5pm. This year's event includes a multicultural fashion show of traditional and ceremonial clothing organized by Shea High School. Check out Heritage Coordinator Donna Alqassar's interview with the Valley Breeze, and get the details about activities, partners, and a special tribute to Mercedes Monteiro. (8/6/19)

newport harbor Archaeological excavation of historic shipwreck planned for fall
RIHPHC has issued a permit to the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) for an intensive archaeological investigation of a shipwreck site in Newport’s Outer Harbor that was identified by RIMAP in 2018 as a strong candidate to be Captain Cook’s Endeavour.  The 2019 fieldwork will determine the dimensions of the ship’s remaining structure and recover 18th-century artifacts and wood samples, potentially providing proof of the site’s identification. (7/26/19)
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RIHPHC awards grants for local preservation projects
RIHPHC has announced $60,000 in Certified Local Government (CLG) grants for seven projects:

  • Town of Cumberland will receive $10,000 to fund a conditions assessment of Town Hall.
  • Town of Hopkinton will use $7,000 for a survey of the 14-acre Manitou Hassanassh Preserve.
  • Town of North Providence will receive $8,000 for a conditions assessment of the Old Town Hall (pictured).
  • City of Pawtucket will receive $9,000 for an architectural assessment of the Pawtucket Public Library Sayles Building.
  • The City of Providence has secured $6,000 for the preparation of a National Register nomination for the former Plymouth Congregational Church, now Iglesia Visión Evangélica.
  • Providence will delegate $10,000 to Providence Preservation Society to fund construction documents for the rehabilitation of the Old Brick School House.

The Commission reserved $10,000 to fund the 2020 Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. Applications for the 2020 CLG grants will be available in the fall. (5/1/19)

Call for nominations: The 2019 Rhody Awards
Go tell Aunt Rhody: it's time to nominate recent historic preservation projects, longtime stewards of historic properties, and preservation heroes for their good work. Download a nomination and send it back to us with photos and stories by May 10, 2019. The Rhody Awards will be presented at the Preservation Celebration on Sunday, October 6 at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. (4/19/19)
<<One of last year's awardees, the Almy Street School in Providence.

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RIHPHC to host Preservation, Recreation and Sport Conference in East Providence
“Preservation, Recreation and Sport,” the 34th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference, will take place in East Providence on Saturday, April 6. The day-long event is organized by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) in collaboration with the City of East Providence and the East Providence Historical Society. RIHPHC welcomes the public to learn about new initiatives, discuss issues, and network with experts in the field of historic preservation.

Register online for your pick of sessions and tours by March 22. Tours will sell out! (2/21/19)

Richmond's Samuel Clarke Farm listed on National Register
A Richmond farm complex with roots in the colonial period has received federal recognition for its architectural and agricultural significance. The Samuel Clarke Farm, which remained in the Clarke family for over 250 years, includes a ca. 1691, timber-frame house, enlarged and updated by 1785; a handsome collection of 18th- and 19th-century outbuildings; and a family burial ground. It is a rare and excellent example of the typical family-operated subsistence farm that characterized southern Rhode Island from the late 17th century well into the early 20th century. (2/15/19)