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Lawyers only constant in ever-evolving General Assembly

Farmers were a powerful voting bloc in Rhode Island in the early days of statehood and ruled the General Assembly. That’s because the structure of...
Patrick T. Conley is a former Providence College professor and 1995 inductee into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, for which he serves as president. He’s also the state’s first-ever historian laureate, an attorney and the author of 32 books. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. history lesson in perseverance

Patrick T. Conley  | R.I. historian laureate; Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame president; Heritage Harbor Foundation president; attorney and author Roger Williams and the...

Foundation gives $10K grant for Blackstone River education center

PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Heritage Harbor Foundation to help construct a riverfront education...
ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.
 / COURTESY DBVW ARCHITECTS

Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives...

For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives. A July 1924 Providence...

There’s a cost to preserving history. Is R.I. willing to pay...

Rhode Island’s state archives, which include pre-1650 artifacts, have sat in nondescript commercial office space in a Providence flood zone, lacking proper preservation technology,...
SOLE SURVIVOR: Tracy Hartman is the CEO of Yawgoo Valley, the only ski park still in operation in Rhode Island. The business has remained viable by diversifying its offerings, adding a water park in 1991 and a snow-tubing hill in 1995. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Yes, winter is challenging, but should it prevent R.I. from attracting...

Originally established as a ski park in Exeter in 1965, ­Yawgoo Valley celebrates all that the Ocean State has to offer tourists and locals...
PATRICK T. CONLEY, president of the Heritage Harbor Foundation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Harbor Heritage Foundation announces 2018 grants

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...

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