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.
"First Face: The Buck Starts Here", led by creator Jim Wolpaw.
On Monday, October 16, Please join us for:
"An Encounter Between George Washington and Gilbert Stuart"
On several occasions in 1796 George Washington came to the Philadelphia home of the artist Rhode Island born artist Gilbert Stuart to sit for a life portrait. Those sittings produced what is, arguably, the most famous portrait ever created: the unfinished Athenaeum image of Washington that peers out from the one dollar bill.
First Face: The Buck Starts Here considers the circumstances leading to the creation of Stuart’s portrait, and its subsequent life as the defining image of Washington and, ultimately, as an enduring symbol of America. Ironic contrasts between the mercurial Stuart and the highly controlled Washington, as well as contrasts between Washington the man and Washington the myth, drive this documentary.
The film is structured around a historical recreation of the Washington portrait, followed by a series of attempts to “finish” the famously unfinished image. The narrative of the film moves between the portrait and its “biography,” beginning with Stuart’s attempts to “loosen up” General Washington in the studio and concluding with a consideration of the portraits contemporary value as a symbol of the Amercian Nation. A disparate montage of elements, both earnest and amused, raises serious questions about our heritage, while highlighting the ironies of the story. Voice-over commentary from historians and biographers accompany the images, as well as comments from Stuart himself, whose remarks on Washington are well documented.
First Face: The Buck Starts Here invites audiences to view this iconic portrait through the eyes of the artist, through the eyes of early Americans, and, in the end, it asks viewers to take a fresh look at the image through their own eyes.
First Face was produced by former Jamestown resident Jim Wolpaw, and Steve Gentile, and it was co-produced by Jamestown resident Elizabeth Delude-Dix.
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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