Sites and Stories Explored Walking Tours

Earnscliffe Woolen Mill/Paragon Worsted Co. (Photo credit: Rebecca Noon)

In 2019, as part of our Sites and Stories Explored project, PPS will unveil five new artistic works that explore hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence. PPS selected five artists and artist teams to create new works related to five sites on our 2018 Most Endangered Properties list. Each artist will begin their process this fall through discussion with a local scholar and a free walking tour that engages the community. Registration is now open!

Saturday, September 29 @ 12 pm: This tour will delve into the recent history of Paragon Mill, with participation from performance artists Rebecca Noon and Jed Hancock-Brainerd, and Dr. Evelyn Sterne, Associate Professor of History at URI. More details and registration here.

Wednesday, October 3 @ 5:30 pm:  This tour will focus on the historical and current use of the Providence Riverfront, with participation from artist Deborah Spears Moorehead and experts on industrial history and water quality. More details and registration here.

Tuesday, October 9 @ 5 pm: This tour will examine the history of Knight Memorial Library, the people who created it and the people who use it today, as well as the art and architecture of the building and the challenges that go along with maintaining it. The tour will feature artist Walker Mettling and community leader Channavy Chhay. More details and registration here.

Thursday, October 11 @ 5 pm: This tour will explore the history, art, and architecture of the “Broad Street Synagogue”, originally Temple Beth-El, and the surrounding community. The tour will feature artist David Wells. More details and registration here.

This project is supported by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders. PPS is currently seeking additional funding to support the project.


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