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Upcoming Events in 2015


A Walking Tour of North Burial Ground

Saturday, 05/02/2015 – 1:00 PM

Saturday May 2nd @1pm
5 Branch Ave.
Cost: $10; Free for PPS Members

The largest of Rhode Island's municipal cemeteries, the North Burial Ground is Providence’s oldest public cemetery (dating back to 1700), and serves as the final resting place for more than 100,000 of our ancestors, including many notable residents who contributed to the history of the nation, Rhode Island, and Providence. The North Burial Ground extends over 100 acres with more than 35,000 headstones, memorials, and tombs that provide a rich history of Providence and its inhabitants.

Maintaining such a large property—which includes a public park and portions of the Blackstone Canal--comes with difficulties. The cemetery was listed on PPS's Most Endangered Properties List in 2000 due to the deteriorating state of its headstones and memorials. The latest challenge the cemetery is facing is a shortage of space. With 220 new burials every year, the North Burial Ground will run out of room in a decade.

Take a spring preservation walking tour of the cemetery with Rhode Island College's Professor Fran Leazes and his knowledgeable North Burial Ground Project research team ( Visit many of Providence's most venerable citizens including governors, mayors, judges, clergy, architects, industrialists, merchants, journalists, women’s rights leaders, stone carvers, heroes of our nation’s conflicts, and many others whose memorials are vulnerable to decay and destruction .

Learn about the contemporary problems facing the cemetery and ideas for solutions from Beth Charlebois, the city's Director of Neighborhood Parks and Recreation Services, under whose jurisdiction the cemetery falls.

Free for PPS Members! Email to register. 

Non-Members, Register Below:

PPS Spring Programs 2015


Time Travel to 19th Century Providence

Friday, 05/08/2015 – 6:00 PM

Friday May 8th @6pm
Cost: Free of Charge. Buy your own beers.
Aurora: 276 Westminster St. 

Have you ever wished you could experience what Providence was like in its heyday during the late 19th century? Now you can! Travel back in time with local historian, preservation consultant and renowned Providence storyteller, Ned Connors, to experience 19th century Providence in 3D!

For one evening only, the Aurora in downtown Providence will be transformed into a giant stereopticon, as Ned guides you through vintage stereo images from the Rhode Island Historical Society's collection, and some never before seen images provided by the Providence Public Library, projected onto a silver screen. 3-D glasses will be provided free of charge, but you'll have to buy your own beer.

PPS would like to thank the Rhode Island Historical Society for their generosity in sharing both their stereo images and 3D glasses, the Providence Public Library for sharing their image collection, and the Aurora for partnering with us on this exciting event.

Free and open to the public! Email to register!


PPS Festival of Historic Houses

Saturday, 06/13/2015 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

2015 festival

The Providence Preservation Society's 2015 Festival of Historic Houses will take place this year on Saturday, June 13. The Festival showcases contemporary living in historic homes, and will guide attendees through residences in the storied Fox Point neighborhood, which is home to many of the oldest existing houses in the city. The Festival tour provides a rare opportunity to step inside historic properties in Fox Point and on southern Benefit Street and learn about their origins and inhabitants while viewing firsthand the modern day living spaces in these prized, preserved places. The Festival will feature over a dozen homes and gardens that will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as guided tours of the neighborhood.

So named because Native Americans noted the high population of foxes on a subsequently razed hill, Fox Point is rich in history. “From fox habitat to farmland, to a center for maritime activity with the establishment in 1680 of Providence’s first port, to an active industrial center with the Boston and Providence railroad as its lifeblood, the neighborhood has been central to Providence’s historical evolution,” stated Brent Runyon, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society.

Festival attendees will move through the India Point area, named for the “Indiamen” trading ships traveling between Fox Point and the West Indies, and get a sense of the neighborhood’s ever-changing profile and the influence of the Irish, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean immigrants who were drawn to the farmland and the work opportunities offered by the port and the industrial boom in the area. Ongoing commercial revitalization of Wickenden Street and Ives Street provide visitors and neighbors alike with a quirky mix of mainstay family businesses such as bakeries, markets, and hardware stores along with a delectable mix of multicultural cuisines.

Homes and gardens on Williams Street, Arnold Street, and Benefit Street, will be open for touring; participants will enjoy seeing Greek Revival architecture, 18th century architectural features and trim, Victorian design elements, and Colonial Revival additions. In addition, the 2015 Festival is part of the citywide Providence International Arts Festival, with activities throughout Providence from June 11-14.

The 2015 Festival of Historic Houses kicks off with a separately-ticketed Preview Party on Friday, June 12 at a historic home that is only open for that evening. Tickets for Saturday, June 13, are $35 for PPS members/$45 for non-members, in advance. Day-of tickets are $50. Student pricing available. Neighborhood tours will be given throughout the day at no charge.

Purchase tickets here!

For more information, contact Angela Kondon at PPS at 401-831-7440, or email Or, visit for a map and preview of the event.


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