RIHPHC Bulletin
Order up! Miss Lorraine Diner listed in National Register
Rhode Island's newest National Register listing is the Miss Lorraine Diner, a rare surviving example of a “semi-streamliner” diner, an important building type that influenced the design of American fast-food restaurants. Designed and built by the Worcester Lunch Car Company in 1947, this diner has received federal recognition for its significance to the history of architecture and commerce. The restoration of the diner won a Rhody Award from RIHPHC and Preserve Rhode Island in 2020. Plus the pancakes can't be beat. See the nomination for more details
Miss Lorraine Diner
Miss Lorraine Diner
(formerly Donwell's Diner)
560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket
Apply for a preservation planning grant
Applications are available for Certified Local Government (CLG) Grants. Grants will support projects within the following categories: Identification and Evaluation of Historic Resources, Planning Activities, Resource-Specific Activities, Public Education Activities, and Statewide Projects.

Three funding priorities will merit special consideration, earning relevant grant proposals extra points in our scoring and review process. These include:

  • Projects that help communities plan for protecting historic resources from the effects of climate change and sea level rise
  • Projects that promote the recognition or preservation of resources associated with historically underrepresented groups
  • Projects that will provide training opportunities for historic district commissions and municipal planning staff

All three funding priorities are linked to specific goals and objectives from the State Historic Preservation Plan (2021).

Applications must be submitted by January 21, 2022. For more information, contact Katherine Pomplun. 
More grant opportunities
Check out these exciting grant opportunities from the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Park Service:

New leadership for National Park Service
Following a unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate, Charles "Chuck" F. Sams III has been appointed to lead the National Park Service. The first Native American to hold the position, Sams is Cayuse and Walla Walla and a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The National Park Service manages preservation programs to document historic places, develop standards and guidelines, and provide financial and technical assistance to preserve our shared heritage. As the State Historic Preservation Office, RIHPHC partners with the National Park Service on preservation programs in the state.
Thank you, Liz!
Liz Rochefort has left the RIHPHC to accept a new position as a Preservation Planner/Architectural Historian at Epsilon Associates, Inc. She began her preservation career as an intern at RIHPHC in 2007 and joined the staff in August 2015. As Principal Architectural Historian, she wrote and reviewed nominations that resulted in hundreds of properties being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. She also coordinated the recent revision of Rhode Island’s statewide historic preservation plan and represented RIHPHC as a Trustee of Providence Preservation Society.

Thank you for your service, Liz!
December's Heritage Happenings
RIHPHC's calendar of heritage events showcases Rhode Island's diverse communities:

Tomaquag Museum presents Away from Home: Native American Boarding School Stories (12/1 - 1/7, Tues-Sat 10 am - 4 pm)

Governor Dan McKee hosts the 2021 State House Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting (12/2 5 pm)--see below

RI Historical Society hosts a Winter Market and Festival (12/4 11 am - 4 pm)

Tomaquag Museum hosts an Indigenous Author Book Club (12/7 & 12/14 8 pm)

RI Latino Arts hosts annual Tamalada | Reading of Too Many Tamales (12/11 11 am)  

Alliance Francaise de Providence presents Josephine Baker "An Improbable Destiny" (12/11 11 am)

Have an upcoming event to share? Contact Donna Alqassar, Heritage Coordinator. For the latest listings, follow @rihphc_heritage on Instagram.
State House Holiday Celebration on December 2
Governor Dan McKee invites Rhode Islanders to the State House Lawn for the annual State House Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 2, starting at 5pm. The event features performances by local artists, including Hope Valley's Billy Gilman. Bring an unwrapped toy to "Fill a Cruiser" with the Rhode Island State Police. Join the celebration!
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RIHPHC at work
The R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission office is open with limited staffing during weekday business hours (9am - 4pm). Many staff members are teleworking and accessible by email. Public access is limited to deliveries and pickups. Please use the doorbell at the Benefit Street entrance.

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit covid.ri.gov.
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