RI Historical Cemeteries Awareness and Preservation Weeks

RI Cemetery Weeks 2022

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) and the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries (RIACHC) present RI Historical Cemeteries Awareness and Preservation Weeks in April - May 2022. Our Calendar of events features tours, clean-ups, gravestone conservation demonstrations, and additional free outdoor programs that raise awareness about Rhode Island's historic cemeteries and promote their preservation.

Calendar of events

Updated May 6! Visit the Calendar to see the latest RI Cemetery Weeks listings. There are 90+ programs planned for April and May and more to come. 

Call for programs

It's not to late to share a proposal for RI Cemetery Weeks. If you already work with the RIACHC or want to propose a clean-up, please contact Christine MacWilliams. Otherwise, use this webform to share your ideas.

Why cemeteries?

Cemeteries are among Rhode Island's most unique and often overlooked cultural resources. Nearly 3000 sites have been identified in our small state, including Indigenous Peoples' burial places, family plots on rural farmsteads, church graveyards, picturesque garden cemeteries, cemeteries established by religious communities, veterans' resting places, and more. Historic cemeteries tell the stories of individuals and families, landscape design, grave marker artistry and technology, religious beliefs, traditional cultural practices, and community development.