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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)

rihphc 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) job description/application information
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) press release

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) press release
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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) press release

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) press release
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)