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Announcing 60th Anniversary Engagement Campaign and Committee

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It’s been 60 years since PPS was founded in 1956 to save the historic College Hill neighborhood from proposed demolition, and we’re proud of our six decades of continued preservation feats and the city-wide organization we are today. Most of all, we’re grateful to our members, donors, sponsors, event-goers, and volunteers, who help us achieve our mission to improve Providence by advocating for historic preservation and thoughtful design and planning.

Our year-long 60th Anniversary “engagement campaign” features new and improved events, programs, and communications to both grow our audience and bolster our resources during this milestone year.  Please visit us regularly here at, follow us on social media, and sign up to receive our e-mails for anniversary events and news throughout 2016.

We are also pleased at this time to share our 60th Anniversary Committee roster, co-chaired by Ted and Amanda Fischer, Christopher Marsella, and Tony and Virginia Thomas. PPS is grateful to this diverse group of more than 60 community leaders and preservation-backers who are assisting with key anniversary events and efforts.

Thank you for joining us as we both celebrate our past and work toward our vision of a more vibrant and sustainable Providence for future generations.


60th Anniversary Committee


Ted and Amanda Fischer

Christopher Marsella

Tony and Virginia Thomas


Honorary Co-Chairs

Nicholas Brown

Vincent J. Buonanno

Malcolm G. Chace, Jr.

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza

Maia and Donald Farish

Angela Brown Fischer

Tom and Leslie Gardner

Pat and Terry Moran

Wendy Nicholas

Christina Paxson

Clark Schoettle

Henry and Peggy Sharpe

Deming and Jane Sherman

Rosanne Somerson



Kristi and Lucien Agniel

Cait Amirault

Ian Barnacle

Barbara Barnes

Oliver Bennett

Arria Bilodeau

Marisa and Matt Brown

Ed Cabral and Tripp Evans

Arnold B. Chace, Jr.

Johnnie Chace

Victor and Diana Capellan

Melanie and Stephen Coon

JP Couture

Jim DeRentis and Brett Smiley

Lauren Drapala

Jane Driver and BJ Dupre

Carrie Elliott

Warren Jagger

Sally Lapides

Brooke and Eugene Lee

Cathy Lund

Frank and Liz Mauran

Pamelee and Ray Murphy

Lucie Searle

Rita Danielle Steele

Heather Tow-Yick

Mark and Julie Van Noppen

Victoria Veh

John and Christine West

Wm McKenzie Woodward