PRESS RELEASES

April 16, 2019

Preserve Rhode Island holds preservation easement to permanently protect Preservation Society of Pawtucket property

Preserve Rhode Island (PRI) and the Preservation Society of Pawtucket (PSP) are pleased to announce that on April 4, 2019 the permanent protection of the 1828 Joseph Spaulding House was secured through a historic preservation easement. 

March 26, 2019

Transfer of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum Ownership

Preserve Rhode Island and Blithewold, Inc. are pleased to announce that on March 26, 2019 Preserve Rhode Island transferred ownership of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, R.I., to Blithewold, Inc. 

December 07, 2018

Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative To Celebrate With Public Ceremony At Simmons Farm

The Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative will hold a public ceremony on Thursday, December 13th to celebrate repairs to the dry laid stone walls at the West Main Road entrance to Simmons Farm.

Historically known as Coggeshall Farm, Simmons Farm is one of the island’s oldest farms still in operation. Over the years, its historic stone walls fell into disrepair and became overgrown by vegetation. The Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative has restored 211 linear feet of wall, which improves the farm’s historic landscape and the scenic quality of West Main Road.

October 04, 2018

Ten People and Projects to be Honored with Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation

Volunteers dedicated to preserving two iconic Rhode Island lighthouses, a contractor who oversaw millions of dollars of complex preservation projects at the Newport Mansions, the industrial-size rehabilitation of a Providence power plant and the exterior restoration of a historic dormitory on URI’s Kingston campus—these are among the people and projects that will be honored at the Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation.

August 06, 2018

Lippitt House Museum Expands Access with New American Sign Language Tour

This summer, Lippitt House Museum is adding an American Sign Language (ASL) tour to its roster of tour offerings for visitors. Created to make the museum accessible to ASL speakers, the tour also draws inspiration from Jeanie Lippitt who became deaf following scarlet fever at age four. Jeanie and her mother Mary Ann Balch Lippitt were instrumental in establishing the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. 

July 16, 2018

Little Compton Antiques Festival & Classic Auto Show Offers Two Shows in One

For the second year, the Little Compton Antiques Festival will include a Classic Auto Show. A successful debut in 2017 drew an impressive array of cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. Held on the scenic grounds of the Little Compton Historical Society, the Antiques Festival is a must-attend for collectors as it features more than 25 dealers featuring high-quality items from around New England.

February 14, 2018

Fourth Annual Community Discussion Series Tackles Rhode Island Corruption

The 4th Annual Community Discussion Series at Lippitt House Museum addresses Rhode Island Corruption: Perception vs. Reality. Over the course of three Monday evenings, panelists discuss the issue of corruption in Rhode Island politics including ethics, the role of media in exposing corruption, and the security of our voting process. Held in partnership with the Providence League of Women Voters, the Community Discussion Series takes place on March 12, 19 & 26 at 199 Hope Street in Providence. Doors open at 6:30 pm with a short reception, followed by a facilitated discussion at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and no reservations are needed.

February 09, 2018

Multi-Sensory Experience Offers New Way to Explore Lippitt House Museum

A new multi-sensory installation at Lippitt House Museum provides an innovative way for visitors to explore the building’s life over many generations. Back to the Work: Encounters with Historical & Contemporary Voices creates an immersive experience with props, lights, sounds and voices -- both historical and contemporary -- to understand those who built the house and continue to care for it today. The installation is created by Strange Attractor Theatre, who combine investigative research with an interactive experience. Back to the Work opens on March 4 and runs twice a week through the end of April.

December 20, 2017

Lippitt House Museum Receives Champlin Grant for Historic Roof Replacement

Lippitt House Museum is delighted to announce it has received a grant from the Champlin Foundation for replacement of the building’s roof. Champlin is a lead funder with a grant of $294,085 and joins other grant makers and private donors in the massive project to replace the current failing 1983 asphalt roof with a historically appropriate lead-coated copper roof.

October 03, 2017

Presenting the 2017 Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation

A charming Cranston philanthropist, a wide-ranging initiative to tell the story of Westerly granite, the rehabilitation of a factory into live and work spaces on Providence’s West Side, the transformation of a white elephant into housing for the formerly homeless in Warwick—these are among the people, places, and projects that will be honored at the ninth annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation.

May 05, 2017

New Lippitt House Museum Exhibit shares A Taste of Providence's Golden Age

(Providence, RI) A new exhibit at Lippitt House Museum highlights Victorian food and dining. Opening on May 5th, The Art of Dining: A Taste of Providence's Golden Age explores social customs and Victorian era dining etiquette. Visitors glimpse life behind the scenes and learn about the work needed to bring elaborate meals to the table. The exhibit explores how food and drink were integrated into Victorian life. The special exhibit will be on display throughout 2017. It is part of A La Rhody, a statewide program exploring RI's food heritage.

 

A National Historic Landmark, Lippitt House Museum was built for Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt in 1865. The museum has a rare, intact Victorian interior featuring the work of numerous talented craftsmen. Lippitt House Museum is located at 199 Hope Street (at the corner of Hope & Angell) on Providence’s East Side. The exhibit is included with museum admission, which is $10 for adults and free for children under 12 and active military personnel.

 

The museum is open every Friday, May to October, 1:00-5:00 pm. Guided tours are offered on the hour with the last tour at 4:00. Visitors can also choose to take a self-guided tour and explore the museum at their own pace. Hands-on activities are offered in the Lippitt Lab space for visitors of all ages. The museum is also open the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

April 25, 2017

Sachuest Landscape Project to Bury Power Lines Nearly Complete

After four years in the making, a project to bury the utility lines along the iconic Sachuest Point (or Second Beach) landscape is nearly complete. The Aquidneck Land Trust, Preserve Rhode Island, The Preservation Society of Newport County, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that the final stage of removing the poles will take place over the next few weeks.

April 12, 2017

Survey to Document Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation in Rhode Island

Sponsored by Preserve Rhode Island and The Preservation Society of Newport County, nationally recognized preservation economist Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics has undertaken a statewide survey to document the impact that historic preservation has on the state's economy. Historic Preservation: An Overlooked Economic Driver will analyze the broad range of ways that the preservation of historic buildings benefits Rhode Island – from rehabilitation of historic mills to the preservation of historic sites and significant government buildings.

 

The study will assess measures such as the Historic Tax Credit program and impacts of heritage tourism. Using facts, figures, and narratives, the report will demonstrate the value that preservation brings to Rhode Island in an economic sense, as well as its critical role in enhancing quality of life.

 

The lack of quantifiable information on the economic impacts of preservation makes it difficult to sustain successful historic preservation programs across the country. While the costs of Rhode Island programs such as state Historic Tax Credits and State Preservation Grants can easily be quantified, the economic benefits are harder to measure. As a result, decisions about the future of such programs are made on the basis of costs instead of returns.

 

The study is funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

 

The study will kick-off at the Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Westerly and Charlestown where Rypkema will be the keynote speaker. The report will be released in the fall of 2017.

 

PlaceEconomics is a private sector firm with over thirty years of experience in the thorough and robust analysis of the economic impacts of historic preservation. PlaceEconomics conducts studies, surveys, and workshops in cities and states across the country that are addressing issues of downtown, neighborhood, and commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic buildings. The firm specializes in quality, defensible research, and presents findings clearly and effectively in formats that can be understood by academics, economists, mayors, city council members, property owners, and local stakeholders alike.

 

Preserve Rhode Island is the only statewide non-profit working to protect historic places and landscapes across the state through advocacy, stewardship and preservation programs. Preserve Rhode Island owns several historic properties, including the Lippitt House Museum.

 

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history.  Its 11 historic properties--seven of them National Historic Landmarks--span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

March 07, 2017

Community Discussion Series to Focus on Issues Raised by 2016 Election

(Providence, RI) In April, Lippitt House Museum will host its third annual Community Discussion Series held in partnership with the Providence League of Women Voters. Titled “Rhode Island Acts: Beyond the 2016 Election,” the series explores key issues raised during the 2016 election, their roots in our political system, and how to be a more active participant in our government. The Community Discussion Series will be held on Mondays, April 17 & 24 at 199 Hope Street in Providence. Doors open at 6:30 pm with a short reception, followed by a facilitated discussion at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to join the conversation.

 

Monday April 17: “Rhode Island/Federal: Who Leads?”
What can Rhode Island do for environmental protection, healthcare and refugees?

Speakers: Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Kathy Cloutier, Executive Director, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

Peter Marino, President & CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

 

Monday April 24: “Citizen Voices: What Can We Do?”

How can we make our voices heard? 

Speakers: Jim Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence Branch

Aaron Regunberg, Rhode Island State Representative

Josh Fenton, CEO & Co-Founder, GoLocal24.com

 

Carrie Taylor, Lippitt House Museum Director commented, “This year’s Community Discussion Series is a chance to bring people together over topics of pressing concern today. Our partnership with the Providence League of Women Voters is a wonderful one as it connects to our mission to promote civic engagement. We are carrying on a tradition of the Lippitt family whose members were active both in politics and community organizations. I encourage folks who have not visited the museum to join the conversation and meet others who want to get more involved in the local and national issues. We want to be a resource for the community.”

November 16, 2016

Lippitt House Museum Announces Installation of Universal Access Lift

(Providence, RI) Through the help of generous supporters and with a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Lippitt House Museum has completed installation of a wheelchair platform lift which makes the museum accessible to mobility-impaired visitors. The Universal Access Project is part of a larger initiative to make the Museum a more inclusive community space both for museum programs and broader civic conversations. The project was completed in time for an active calendar of holiday programs throughout December.

 

Lippitt House Museum was among several cultural and arts organizations to receive a State Cultural Facilities Grant this year from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The $56,000 grant was combined with matching support from private foundations, gifts from Lippitt family descendants, board members and other museum supporters to provide funding for the Universal Access Project.

 

The Universal Access Project modified the South Verandah to accommodate a vertical wheelchair platform lift and create parking adjacent to the entrance. The Museum commissioned architectural plans to provide a barrier free entrance while preserving the historic integrity of the National Historic Landmark property. 

 

Home to the Lippitt family for four generations, the Museum follows the family’s example of public service by engaging community members through lectures, concerts and discussion series. “Since 1865, the house has a vibrant history as a gathering place for the Providence community,” commented Lippitt House Museum Director Carrie Taylor. “Being accessible is critical to our ability to include all members of the community, regardless of mobility, and strengthens our ability to partner with local organizations and engage their members.”

May 04, 2016

Finding Fun is Easy this Fall: Discover Family Events at Historic Sites in RI

(Providence, RI)  After school family-time and weekend adventures get a boost this September with fall season highlights from Rhody Ramble, the resource for child-friendly activities at historic locations around the state. Featuring recreational events from 31 members of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island, RhodyRamble.org connects families with authentic local places hosting this autumn’s festivals, concerts, and fairs; as well as scavenger hunts, re-enactments, special tours, craft activities, and outdoor walks.

 

For busy parents and caregivers, this means having one place to discover historic sites in Rhode Island paired with uniquely programmed, child-oriented activities. Searchable by type or date, it’s easy to find new experiences―with details about location, cost, contact information, address, and maps―for all types of adventurers.

 

All events are family focused, giving parents the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences with their children while offering the chance to socialize and meet new people. Rhody Ramble adventures provide safe environments for toddlers to explore the world, and for school-age children to discover experiences that animate history, social studies, astronomy, and geography.

 

With most admission prices under $10 and numerous free events, the activities are designed to be affordable. A cartoon rooster named Rhody the Rambler serves as the program's ambassador and shares his adventures on Twitter and Facebook. Read on to find out more about our member sites, and browse a sampling of family events Rhody Ramble is drawing attention to this season!

May 04, 2016

Preserve Rhode Island Receives Grant for Revolving Fund from 1772 Foundation

(Providence, RI) Preserve Rhode Island, the statewide nonprofit advocate for historic places, was recently awarded a grant of $30,000 by the 1772 Foundation, a national leader in the field of historic properties redevelopment programs. The grant will support Preserve Rhode Island’s Revolving Fund which provides loans for at-risk historic properties.  

 

The Revolving Fund complements Preserve Rhode Island’s existing work as owners and stewards of several historic buildings, including the Jeremiah Dexter House (1756) and Lippitt House Museum (1865) in Providence. Preserve Rhode Island also assists other non-profits in caring for this historic structures and currently provides ongoing project management and property services to the Providence Preservation Society and the Colonial Dames of Rhode Island.

 

Preserve Rhode Island’s Executive Director Valerie Talmage explained the importance of this funding, “We are so grateful to the 1772 Foundation for their support. This grant expands our Revolving Fund’s capacity to take on new projects across the state. During the past few years, we have partnered with the towns of Smithfield and Lincoln to rescue abandoned buildings on town-owned property which were threatened with demolition. Our Revolving Fund returns these buildings to productive use and preserves historic places at the heart of communities.”

 

The current grant builds on prior grants from the 1772 Foundation given in 2011 and 2012. Preserve Rhode Island is currently utilizing funds from its Revolving Fund to complete a project at Chase Farmhouse in Lincoln. After being vacant for 25 years, Chase Farmhouse will once again return to its use as a two-family residence. The building’s interior renovation will be completed this spring. Exterior restoration will be completed in 2017.

April 29, 2016

Lippitt Lab Program Offers Visitors Hands-on History Experience

(Providence, RI) The Lippitt House Museum has announced the launch of a new program series called Lippitt Lab. Starting in May, the Museum will be transformed every third Saturday of the month into a laboratory for exploring history. Through activities, demonstrations, discussions, and first-person interpretation, visitors will investigate the Victorian era in Providence and the lives of the Lippitt family. The program is designed to make history accessible for visitors of all ages. Lippitt Labs will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm, every third Saturday, from May through December.

 

Each month’s Lippitt Lab will revolve around a theme and examine historical questions through hands-on learning. The first month’s theme will be Schooling and Education and will explore topics such as:

 

  • Art education: visitors can participate in drawing exercises like those conducted by Mary C. Wheeler who taught one of the Lippitt daughters.

  • Penmanship:  visitors can try their hands at writing script with a steel nib and ink well (and compare to the quill pen it replaced) and write postcards inspired by the Victorian postcard mania.

  • Discipline and rewards: visitors can create a 21st century version of the Victorian “reward card” for good behavior.

  • Early childhood education: visitors can explore the ideas of Friedrich Froebel through the block building and paper folding exercises of the first kindergartens and see images of Lippitt children in 19th century Providence Froebel kindergartens.

January 26, 2016

Lippitt House Museum Universal Access Project Receives RISCA Grant

Lippitt (Providence, RI) Lippitt House Museum is among the cultural and arts organizations to receive a 2016 State Cultural Facilities Grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). The $56,000 grant from RISCA completes Lippitt House Museum’s capital campaign for the Universal Access Project which will open the museum to all members of the public regardless of mobility. Matching support from individual donors and private foundations was also instrumental in successfully meeting the project goal.

 

The Universal Access Project, scheduled for summer 2016, will modify the South Verandah to accommodate a vertical wheelchair platform lift and create a dedicated handicap parking space adjacent to the entrance. In preparation for the house’s 150th anniversary in 2015, the Museum commissioned architectural plans to provide a barrier free entrance while preserving the historic integrity of the National Historic Landmark.

 

Part of a larger initiative to open the house, the Universal Access Project will allow the Museum to become an inclusive community space both for museum programs and broader civic conversations. Home to the Lippitt family for four generations, the Museum follows their example of public service by engaging community members through lectures, concerts and discussion series. “Since 1865, the house has a vibrant history as a gathering place for the Providence community,” commented Lippitt House Museum Director Carrie Taylor. “As we continue to partner with local organizations, we want to ensure that all community members feel welcome and can enjoy an experience that fits their needs and interests.”

January 26, 2016

Sachuest Landscape Project Will Bury Power Lines Underground

(Middletown, RI) After nearly three years in the making, a project to bury the utility lines along the iconic Sachuest Point (or Second Beach) landscape has finally begun. The Aquidneck Land Trust, Preserve Rhode Island, and The Preservation Society of Newport County, joined the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to announce the project is underway. Project costs total approximately $1.1 million. The project is funded through a generous public-private partnership between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Easton’s Point Neighborhood Association. The project will be complete by the summer.

 

This project will improve and preserve one of Rhode Island’s most significant scenic resources: the coastline of historic Paradise Valley, more commonly known as Second Beach or Sachuest. Burying the utility lines will increase coastal resiliency, enhance pedestrian safety, improve utility infrastructure, promote stewardship of the cultural landscape, and restore historic views prized by residents and artists like John LaFarge and George Bellows who flocked here to paint.

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