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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. Visit our Public Information page to view the public notice of proposed rulemaking, concise summary of non-technical differences between existing and proposed new rules, Small Business Impact Statement, and proposed regulations. (5/12/15)

Grant applications will be available on the State Preservation Grants (SPG) page of our website on Friday, May 29. An informational session about the SPG program and the 2015 grant round will be held at 10am on Wednesday, June 3 at RIHPHC, 150 Benefit St., Providence. (5/13/15)

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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.

To participate, please contact Joseph Gaccione at (401)421-0606 or joseph@rickmangroup.com 5/5/15 press release
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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)


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. additional information

blackstone 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. For more information, visit the Corridor's website. (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) press release
< 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. Visit the SPG page for more information. (12/23/14)