Past RI Heritage Festivals

Rhode Islanders celebrated the creation of the Rhode Island Heritage Commission with great fanfare on September 18, 1977 at the Rhode Island State House. We have compiled available programs and photographs from the original Commissioning Ceremony in 1977 and subsequent Rhode Island Heritage Festivals over the years. If you have additional materials to add to our collection, please contact Donna Alqassar.

Commissioning Ceremonies of the RI Heritage Commission (1977)


41st RI Heritage Festival (2019)


40th RI Heritage Festival  (2017)

3rd RI Heritage Festival (1979)

audience watching festival

1st RI Heritage Festival (1977)

people gathered on the RI state house lawn