Rhode Islanders and visitors to the Ocean State love to play in historic places. The state’s coastal resort towns have hosted generations of summer visitors seeking rest and relaxation. Our cities erected large-scale sports venues for professional teams—and their adoring fans. Every community built its school gyms, little league fields, and public recreation facilities. By balancing historic preservation with the demands of the 21st century, these sites continue to play an active role in our lives.
East Providence is our home turf. Tours will explore sports facilities at Agawam Hunt Club and the Indoor Tennis Court, visit the Crescent Park Carousel, and cruise the coastline to Pomham Rocks Lighthouse and the steamship graveyard at Green Jacket Shoal. Sessions will explore playful programming, preservation projects, recreation planning, Civil Rights, roadside architecture, and more.
The conference is a gathering for anyone interested in preservation, history, design, and community planning. Who attends? Stewards of historic sports and recreation facilities; club members and sports buffs; grassroots preservationists throughout Rhode Island and the region; professionals working in the field or allied fields (architects, planners, landscape architects, developers, curators, etc.); elected officials and municipal board members; advocates and activists; students and teachers; and you.
- Keynote Speaker Brent Leggs, Executive Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
- 12 tours by boat, bus, bicycle, and foot in historic East Providence
- 12 workshops on historic sports venues, amusements, Civil Rights, roadside architecture, playful programming, and more
- Countless opportunities to network and socialize
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