Greater City Providence

Providence 375: Downcity Alive! Free Walking Tours

Celebrate Providence 375 Years

  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month through September 2011, noon-1PM
  • Where: Westminster Street steps of the Arcade, 130 Westminster Street

Discover how Roger Williams’ legacy is still visible in downtown Providence today! To celebrate Providence’s 375th birthday, join The Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Historical Society for FREE downtown lunchtime walking tours on the second Thursday of each month through September 8th. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready to learn! Topics relate to the official Providence 375 themes:

  • July 14: FREEDOM Roger Williams’ search for freedom, including visits to war memorials and the First Baptist Church.
  • August 11: ROOTS Providence’s industrial and ethnic roots, ranging from the Irish Famine Memorial to the Roots Cafe.
  • September 8: INGENUITY Creative Providence, from AS220’s properties to the RISD Library and the adaptive re-use of downtown department stores.

Reservations are not required, and tours will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit: or For a calendar of other Providence 375 events, visit

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

1 comment

  • I’m becoming a bit of a curmudgeon, but what’s with all these events that really just cater to people who work downtown? 12-1 on a workday? Really? It’s great for people who work downtown or near downtown or even teachers… but what about all of us who live in the city and love the city and want to learn more about the city, but happen to have jobs outside of downtown (yet still in the city)? It’s a great idea, but it’d be nice if it was more inclusive.

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