News Archive (2020)

Three Grant Opportunities: CLG + HArT + 1772/PRI

RIHPHC's Certified Local Government (CLG) grant program supports preservation planning projects from municipalities. 2021 funding priorities include projects that protect historic resources from the effects of climate change and sea level rise, and projects that promote the preservation of resources associated with people of color and other historically underrepresented groups.

RI Commerce Corporation is launching the Rhode Island Hotel, Arts & Tourism (HArT) grant program to prevent closure of arts, culture, hospitality & tourism businesses and institutions while also building resilience to shifts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This $20 million program welcomes eligible businesses and nonprofits to apply for grants of up to $1 million.

The 1772 Foundation and Preserve Rhode Island have opened their 2021 grant round. They offer 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations to support historic preservation projects on building exteriors. (10/30/20)


September 2020 is RI Heritage Month: Join the Virtual Celebrations!

RIHPHC will celebrate RI Heritage Month with each Saturday in September 2020, featuring “RI Heritage Groups Highlights” of art, music, and dances from around the world! Click here to learn how you can join the Zoom virtual celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage on September 5, 12, 19, 26. (9/1/20)


Proposed Amendment to Rules and Regulations for the State Preservation Grants

UPDATE: Amendment filed. The Rules and Regulations of the State Preservation Grants are being amended to correct oversights regarding easement requirements and to add a provision for the awarding of grants under emergency circumstances. (8/26/20)


Now Available: Rhode Island State Register Plaques

RIHPHC is launching a new program to recognize properties listed in the State Register of Historic Places. If you own a property listed in the State Register--and there are about 20,000 of these properties in Rhode Island--you can purchase a plaque to display. How do you find out if your property is listed? How do you order a plaque? Click here for more details. (5/29/20)


RI Heritage Month Debuts September 2020; RI Heritage Festival Postponed to 2021

RIHPHC will celebrate RI Heritage Month with each Saturday in September 2020, featuring “RI Heritage Groups Highlights” of art, music, and dances from around the world! Stay tuned for more information on how you can join the Facebook virtual celebration of our state's rich cultural heritage. Visit Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission- Heritage Events for updates. Due to COVID-19, Rhode Island's 42nd Heritage Day Festival originally scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020 has been postponed to Saturday, September 18, 2021. (5/21/20)


Woonsocket Church Listed in National Register

The National Park Service has added the First Universalist Church in Woonsocket to the National Register of Historic Places. Erected in two phases in 1924 and 1957, the First Universalist Church represents the evolution of ecclesiastical architecture during the 20th century. The building is also significant to Woonsocket’s religious history as the city’s sole Universalist church for more than eighty years. Today it serves as the headquarters of the American-French Genealogical Society. (4/28/20)


Call for Nominations: 2020 Rhody Awards

Though times are uncertain, let's reflect on Rhode Island's historic preservation successes. Who are your historic preservation heroes? Where are the recently completed projects you cherish? What programs and policies have made a difference in your community? RIHPHC and Preserve Rhode Island seek your nominations for the annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. Submit a nomination online. The deadline is May 22, 2020.

We will celebrate the Rhody Award winners this October. We hope you will save the date for our annual Rhode Island preservation awards on Sunday, October 18 at the historic Rhode Island State House in Providence. We are also developing contingency plans if we are unable to gather in person. One way or another, we will toast Rhode Island's preservation all-stars this fall. (4/15/20)


RIHPHC at Work during COVID-19 Outbreak

Read a statement from RIHPHC Executive Director J. Paul Loether on access to RIHPHC programs during the COVID-19 outbreak. In brief:

  • Public access to RIHPHC's Old State House offices has been restricted to pick-ups and deliveries. Our staff members are working remotely to continue the normal operations of the RIHPHC. You can reach us by email.
  • Back to the Future, the Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference planned for April 25, is postponed until Saturday, April 24, 2021.
  • For the latest information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the RI Department of Health website. Thank you for your patience. (3/25/20)


CONFERENCE POSTPONED Let's Go Back to the Future: RI's 35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

RIHPHC will present Back to the Future at CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Featured programs include keynote speech by Modern architecture advocate George Smart (USModernist), 11 tours of historic places from Providence to Cranston to East Greenwich to Warwick, 12 preservation workshops, networking, socializing, and more. (3/23/20)


The African American Struggle for Civil Rights in 20th-Century Rhode Island: Online Resources

Between 2017 and 2020, RIHPHC, Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society collaborated on multi-phase project funded by the National Park Service. The project consisted of conducting archival research, collecting oral histories, and documenting places of significance to civil rights in Rhode Island. For more information and access to several work products created by the project, please visit the Civil Rights Resources page. (2/24/20)


Moore Fabric Company Plant, More of Historic Wakefield Added to Register

The National Park Service has added the Moore Fabric Company Plant in Pawtucket to the National Register of Historic Places and expanded the Wakefield Historic District in South Kingstown. Built between 1919 and 1949, the Moore Fabric Company Plant (above) embodies the specialization of Rhode Island’s textile industry after World War I. Wakefield is South Kingstown’s historic commercial area (below), developed over the course of two centuries. (1/15/20)


State Home and School Historic District Listed in National Register

The Rhode Island State Home and School for Dependent and Neglected Children, built on what is now the east side of Rhode Island College's campus, has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of community development and architecture. The National Park Service has added the State Home and School for Dependent and Neglected Children Historic District in Providence to the National Register of Historic Places. The State Home and School is a significant example of an institution for dependent children that influenced the development of Rhode Island's modern child welfare system. (1/6/20)