May Mobility Self Driving Shuttles come to Providence!

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- It was a big day for six "Little Roady" shuttles as the fleet of self-driving vehicles began carrying passengers throughout Providence.

The free, experimental service now operates seven days a week with 12 stops between Providence Station and Olneyville Square.

Justin Bai, a student at Brown University, decided to hop on one to see what it was like.

"I don't drive, so it's always nice to have public transportation options," Bai said. "I was excited to test it out."

The shuttles function like any other vehicle - stopping at lights, waiting at crosswalks and breaking for any unexpected hazards such as jaywalkers. They have 30 different sensors, radars and cameras that allow them to see a full 360 degrees. A fleet attendant is also on board to take control if there is an emergency.

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Providence Flea opens every Sunday beginning Mother's Day!

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from the pvdFlea website

The Providence Flea is an award-winning community market, returning to the Providence River Greenway for the outdoor season starting Sunday, May 12, across from 345 South Water Street, Providence, from 10 am - 4 pm, and every Sunday through September 29 (except September 15 due to a conflicting road race). Featuring the area's best local vintage vendors, artists and makers, plus community nonprofits, food trucks, and live musicians! Always free with free on-street parking throughout the city on Sundays. (Accepting vendors throughout the summer.)

SustainPVD Fair - May 18th

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collage from the Facebook Page

Save the Date! The Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, and others to host the 2019 SustainPVD Fair. This year we've teamed up with The Avenue Concept to host the fair at their creative hub in Upper South Providence.

Events throughout the day will include a Compost Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by Groundwork Rhode Island and a Rain Barrel Workshop at the SustainPVD Fair hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. You can visit our many vendor tables for details on how to make your home more energy efficient, how to go solar, and more. You'll also be able to access The Avenue Concept's Paint Bar and contribute to their graffiti wall throughout the day!

This community event is family friendly and will include food and entertainment. It is free and open to the public, however the compost and rain barrel workshops will have a separate registration process and small fee, which include the supplies and materials for participants to take home their own compost bin and/or rain barrel.

If you are interested in getting involved with the event, sponsoring, or hosting a table, please email SustainPVD@providenceRI.gov.

To Learn More, please visit their facebook event below

New Museum in South Providence!

HERITAGE HARBOR FOUNDATION TO ESTABLISH MUSEUM OF SOUTH PROVIDENCE HISTORY AT ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL PARISH

Reverend Robert P. Perron and Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., examine a copy of Conley's 1982 book, Providence: A Pictorial History, on the steps of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Providence. The front endpaper of this book contains a handwritten note from Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. to His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, who was named Coadjutor Bishop of Providence in February 1995.

Reverend Robert P. Perron and Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., examine a copy of Conley's 1982 book, Providence: A Pictorial History, on the steps of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Providence. The front endpaper of this book contains a handwritten note from Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. to His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, who was named Coadjutor Bishop of Providence in February 1995.

PROVIDENCE, 30 MARCH 2019

Text and montage photo by Robin M. Tagliaferri

A unique partnership has been forged between the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Harbor Foundation and the members of the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Advisory Board, who have drafted a plan to establish the Heritage Harbor Foundation Museum of South Providence History on the church premises.

A year in the making, the history museum project has been spearheaded by Heritage Harbor Foundation President, Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., and the Reverend Robert P. Perron, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.

The first history museum to be installed in an active Catholic church in Rhode Island, the HHF Museum of South Providence history will explore the period between 1868 to the end of the 20th century, and chronicle the great cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that has defined Providence’s south side since its settling.

The exhibits will showcase the contributions of those who lived in the neighborhoods south of Point Street including those of African American, Armenian, Chinese, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Ukrainian, Narragansett, and Wampanoag heritage.

The content for the HHF Museum of South Providence History will be primarily drawn from the research and writings of Patrick T. Conley, Professor Emeritus of History at Providence College, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island, attorney and author of numerous books. Conley’s 2006 publication, South Providence, a book co-authored with Paul Campbell, will serve as the foundation for the museum’s identity.   

The museum will include exhibits on thirty-two prominent natives of South Providence including Monsignor Peter E. Blessing, Patrick T. Conley, Ph.D., Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr., Governor William S. Flynn, James G. “Lou” Gorman, David E. “Davey” Lopes, Mayor Patrick J. McCarthy, Commander John A. McIntyre, Bernard T. “Slick” Pina, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, Sister Mary Reilly RSM, Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr., Attorney General Arlene Violet and Mayor Joseph W. Walsh, among others.

From the lens of a true Rhode Island institution, the museum will explore the topics of  immigration, cultural and ethnic identity, urbanization and industrialization. It will be a microcosm of a typical American inner-city district defined by waves of upwardly mobile immigrants.

Lectures, concerts, symposia and special events will be held in the main gallery of the museum, and changing exhibitions delving into the cultures of today’s residents of South Providence, who herald from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Liberia, Nigeria, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and China, will be created.

Heritage Harbor Foundation Trustees, Russell J. DeSimone and Albert R. Beauparlant will serve as project advisors and liaisons to the St. Michael’s community.  Judge Francis J. Darigan, Jr, member of the St. Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, will provide stewardship of the project on behalf of the parishioners.

Providence-based architect, Jonathan Chambers has been chosen to design the museum galleries along with interior designer, Kelly C. Taylor and graphic designer, Victor Russo. The team has begun drafting a plan to transform the church’s lower level into a multi-purpose exhibition space and community center.

Reverend Perron is presently pursuing a separate yet complementary project to install an elevator and renovate the bathrooms adjacent to the museum site. A chapel is also located in the lower level of the church. To date, there are no plans to relocate or renovate the chapel.

Strategically located on Oxford Street in the heart of Lower South Providence, St. Michael the Archangel Church, constructed over a twenty-five year period from 1891- 1915,  occupies an entire city block. It is part of a complex of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic places along with the rectory and convent (now the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence) and Bishop McVinney School, a former parish school that was regionalized and renamed in 1973.

The city block includes the South Providence Library, designed in 1930 by architect, Wallis E. Howe and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to his dedicated work as pastor, Reverend Perron is the Director of the Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Providence. He is deeply committed to his flock and embraces a ministry rich in diversity. Reverend Perron is fluent in five languages, and Mass is offered at St. Michael’s in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and Hmong (portions of the mass are also offered in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, too).

“For almost two centuries, St. Michael’s has welcomed the stranger to South Providence,” said Reverend Perron. “With open arms, we welcome people from different cultures and countries and we celebrate the diversity around us. We look forward to having a museum on our campus as it will showcase our extraordinary and diverse history.”

In 2019, Reverend Perron and his parishioners are implementing a full slate of programs and events to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the parish’s official founding in 1859.

The Heritage Harbor Foundation was founded in 1996, and its original goal was to develop a Rhode Island state history museum on the site of the Narragansett Electric Company’s South Street Power Station. A plan, devised by historian, Albert Klyberg and a team of historically minded supporters, was never realized.

In 2015, Dr. Conley converted the assets of the proposed museum into a multi-million dollar foundation over which he presides as president.

Today, the HHF promotes the understanding of Rhode Island history and instills in individuals and communities a sense of place, leading to greater civic engagement. Annually the HHF awards grants to certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seek to create programs and projects exploring topics of Rhode Island history  with intent to share the final product or outcomes with the Rhode Island public.

As the project unfolds, the HHF Museum of South Providence History will share its progress and disseminate historical essays and writings relative to the content of the new museum. The committee is considering holding a number of events to share the project with the public. The museum is slated to open in fall 2019.

 

For more information on the Heritage Harbor Foundation Museum of South Providence History contact Project Manager, Robin Tagliaferri at (401) 323-4090 or email rtagliaferri.hhf@gmail.com.

For more information on the Heritage Harbor Foundation visit the website: https://heritageharborfoundation.org/.

For more information on St. Michael the Archangel Parish visit the website: https://www.saintmichaelprovidence.org/.

For more information contact:

Robin M. Tagliaferri

Project Manager

Heritage Harbor Foundation

History of South Providence Museum

1445 Wampanoag Trail, Ste. 201

East Providence, RI 02915

(401) 323-4090

rtagliaferri.hhf@gmail.com

Fourth Annual Hacking Heritage unconference

Hacking Heritage @ Brown

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On Saturday, March 2, 9:30 am-3 pm, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage is organizing their fourth annual Hacking Heritage unconference. It is attended by a diverse group, and many of the conversations revolve around issues of community participation and engagement.  

The event website has more information, and there are -so far- 6 proposals at this website -- they will give you a sense of the range and types of session proposals that run during the day at the conference. So many real-life projects were born from Hacking Heritage sessions in which partnerships emerged. For Example; the Latino heritage/PPS partnership, which came out of a session.

Registration is $10. Hacking Heritage will be held in Room 305 on the 3rd floor of Pembroke Hall at 172 Meeting Street on the campus of Brown University.

Secretary of State "Nellie's Notes" announces new state archives exhibit

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The exhibition bearing the title; “150 Years of Big Ideas in Little Rhody.” will be showing some of the history of inventions and industries in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island State Archives, a division of the Rhode Island Department of State, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 337 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Two-hour validated parking during business hours is available adjacent to the building at Down City Parking.

Civil Rights are Human Rights: URI Gallery

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Civil Rights are Human Rights: URI Gallery
Dates: 1/22 – 2/28
Opening Reception: January 31st, 2019 6-8pm

In light of Martin Luther King day, a powerful show is opening at the University of Rhode Island Art Gallery tomorrow! Opening reception to follow on the 31st of the month! Be able to go and see some wonderful work and meet the artists!

Opening Reception of Graphic Design: Konkuk University

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FROM THE FACEBOOK POSTING;

Graphic Design: Konkuk University
Dates: 1/24 – 2/15
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24th
Bannister Gallery hours: M- F 12-8pm
Website: www.ric.edu/bannister

Facilitated by Rhode Island College Graphic Design Professor Heemong Kim, Graphic Design: Konkuk University features selected works from graduating students studying at Konkuk University in South Korea. The university’s objective is to develop creative designers aware of their social responsibilities through an understanding of humanity, society, technology, philosophy and culture.

Admission is always free. Refreshments will be provided.