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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) event flyer | press release (hosted by RIHS)

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) press release

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) press release
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 . Visit the conference website to learn more and register by April 17. (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) RFP (revised 3/29/18)
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) press release
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) press release
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) press release