East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
The long-range purposes of the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society are to preserve its history; customs; the promotion, through education, of an interest and appreciation of this heritage; the recognition of buildings and sites of historical significance; and the preservation of buildings to serve a useful purpose in the town.
You are invited to attend our: East Greenwich Academy Exhibit
at the East Greenwich Free Library, located at 82 Peirce Street, EG.
Please join us for the Opening Reception. This will be held on Thursday, February 1 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Howard Silverman Room at the
East Greenwich Free Library,
82 Peirce Street, East Greenwich.
Light Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit will run until February 28.
Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 2:00 PM:
Againin our winter months, this will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Community Room of the East Greenwich Police Station located at 176 First Avenue, EG. Refreshments will be served. Please join us for this event- Please call our Hospitality Chair, Susan Curado at (401)884-4643 or e-mail her at email@example.com to reserve a seat.
"Monumental Providence" is the topic for our February monthly educational event. Mr. Paul Caranci will provide narrative, stories and the history behind public sculpture that is found in Providence, RI.
Mr.Caranci served as Rhode Island’s Deputy Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015. He has a BA in political science from Providence College and is working toward an MPA from Roger Williams University.
Together with his wife Margie he founded the Municipal Heritage Group in 2009. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Harbor Museum and the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. He is past Chairman of the Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island (formerly the American Diabetes Association, Rhode Island Affiliate) where he served on the Board for over 15 years.
During his tenure on his Town Council, Mr. Caranci's efforts earned him several awards. For his legislative work in the prevention of youth addiction to tobacco, he was recognized with the James Carney Public Health Award from the RI Department of Health and an Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society. Mr. Caranci's legislation to expand health care coverage to include the equipment, supplies and education necessary for the home management of diabetes and his work toward the elimination of the pre-existing condition clause from health insurance policies written in Rhode Island were recognized with an Advocate of the Year Award from the Diabetes Foundation of RI and an Advocacy Award from the American Diabetes Association. Those new laws also made Rhode Island the first state in the nation to eliminate the pre-existing condition clause and expand coverage for diabetes. His efforts in exposing political corruption in his hometown earned him the Margaret Chase Smith Award for Political Courage from the National Association of Secretaries of State, the group’s highest honor.
Mr. Caranci is an author with seven published books to his credit including two award winning books. The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution (The History Press, 2013) was voted one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013 by the Providence Journal. Scoundrels: Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island (Stillwater River Publications, 2016) was the winner of the 2016 Dorry Award as the non-fiction book of the year. Paul’s latest book, Wired: A Shocking True Story of Political Corruption and the FBI Informant Who Risked Everything to Expose It(Stillwater River Publications, 2017).
This event will again in our winter months, be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Community Room of the East Greenwich Police Station located at 176 First Avenue, EG. Refreshments will be served. Please join us for this event.
Hope to see you there!
Let us get to know you! Please provide the following information if this is your first time, or fiftieth time visiting our website. Let us know if we may help in your genealogic search, assist you in obtaining information about the history of our town, or if you would be willing to share with us an interesting bit of information, connection to the town, or an amusing historical RI anecdote. We are always looking for interesting speakers for our monthly seminars, so if you would like to hear more about a particular topic, know of a good speaker you would like to hear, or would yourself be willing to share information on a new or interesting topic related to history in Rhode Island, please let us know! Thank you for your support.
Simply please Print and mail with your check for $25 to $37.50 Annual Membership fee to: EGHPS, 110 King Street, East Greenwich, RI 02818 OR click on the membership form to email to our Membership Coordinator, your information. Additional donations to our 501c3 not-for-profit organization are welcome and are tax deductible. THANK YOU for your support!
Special thanks to Bruce MacGunnigle, town historian who led for us a walking tour of EG on April 25th.
To the left, we see the Brick House (saving the Brick House was the original mission of our EGHPS), and here the Greenwich Hotel: a formidable historic spot in EG.Special thanks to Karen LaPolice for the contribution of her photos.
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History of the
East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society
When the Colonel Micah Whitmarsh House (the Brick House) on Main Street, East Greenwich, was to be razed to make way for a parking lot, a number of the townsfolk foresaw what the future might hold. Already the Old Town Hall had disappeared and a number of lovely old houses had been demolished to make way for the nondescript purposes. The whole character of the town was going to change if this continued.
In 1967 the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society was formed, primarily to acquire and save the Brick House. The building was refurbished, financed with money obtained from dues, donations, grants and bank loans, and became a working asset of the town.
In 1969 the "Olde Gaol" or "Old Jail" on King Street was scheduled to be torn down or moved to change the traffic pattern on Water Street. The Society rallied in support of the Jail, purchased the structure and it remains on its original site as the Society's headquarters.
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Purchased, restored and sold the Brick House on Main Street
Promoted development of Historic Zoning and Historic Disctrict Commission
Initiated the Quilt show
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, sponsored the re-enactment of the 1789 spinning of flax into linen and produced a reproduction Calico used to design a period wedding dress
Designed and created a Town Quilt as a community Project
Purchased the Old Jail for restorations and use by the community
Researched and prepared commemorative plaques for a number of historic homes
Worked with Town officials for restoration of buildings in the downtown area
Published a Legacy of East Greenwich Recipes
Saved the Mathewson Warehouse and the old Frenchtown Baptist Meeting House
Commemorated the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Navy in East Greenwich
Maintained landscapes at selected Historical cemetery sites for many years
Encourage the protection and preservation of buildings, items, neighborhoods, open spaces, and rural environments
Public waterfront access
Sponsorship of programs that foster community growth