Harbor Heritage Foundation announces 2018 grants

PATRICK T. CONLEY, president of the Heritage Harbor Foundation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE
PATRICK T. CONLEY, president of the Heritage Harbor Foundation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

EAST PROVIDENCE – Twelve organizations were awarded a combined $127,000 in grant money from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, the foundation announced recently.

The purpose of the grants was to support projects aimed at increasing the awareness of Rhode Islanders of their historical, ethnic and cultural heritage. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.

The Heritage Harbor Foundation was originally intended to be a state history museum, but after the economic downturn in 2007, the organization pivoted to a foundation, donating money to projects that would feature inclusive history programs in which all Rhode Islanders could see their own history celebrated with the aim of encouraging residents to participate fully in the state’s civic life.

2018 grants:

The Providence Foundation – $15,000 for the restoration of bronze plaques on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Downtown Providence
The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame – $15,000 in support of the preservation of its historic aircraft and the construction of aviation displays
Waterspill Junction – $15,000 to develop the script for the drama “Sally: A Black Woman’s Voyage from Africa to Enslavement” dealing with the Rhode Island slave trade
The Independence Trail Educational Foundation – $14,000 for its outreach program
The Chinese Historical Society of New England – $10,500 for an exhibition of Providence’s early 20th century Chinatown
The Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island – $10,000 to develop its project “The Stories of Us: The Lao Community in Rhode Island”
The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities – $10,000 for the next phase of its online application “Rhode Tour” relating to the state’s historical sites and history
The Rhode Island Historical Society – $10,000 toward the cost of the documentary film “Divine Providence: The Remaking of an American City” by filmmaker Salvatore Mancini
Southeast New England Film, Music and Arts Festival – $10,000 toward the cost of the documentary film “Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village” by filmmaker Christian de Rezendes
The Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research – $7,500 for its Leadership for a Future program to educate labor leaders concerning the state’s history, culture, economics and politics
The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society – $5,000 for the archival processing of the Mars Collection of photographs of the Narragansett Indian Tribe
The Warwick Historical Society – $5,000 toward the cost of publication of the book “The Warwick Railroad and Villages Along the Way”

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