Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission Hosts Preservation 2019 Conference at the Rhode Island Grand Lodge
Each year the RIHPHC hosts a preservation conference in a different Rhode Island community. The conference highlights the cultural and historic sites in the community with walking tours, bus tours, conference speakers, etc. Vendors are invited to display their products and services related to historic preservation. This year East Providence was the host community. The conference took place on April 6.
RIHPHC contacted the Grand Lodge last fall about serving as a major host site for events, along with our neighbors Haven Methodist Church and the East Providence City Hall. With the approval of the Grand Lodge building committee and the Grand Master, we offered our building as the main host site for registration, breakfast and lunch, vendor displays, and speaker presentations. We also served as starting point for all bus tours from our parking lot.
We offered day-long tours of the building which were very well received by the 500+ participants who attended the conference. A display of Masonic information attracted much attention. We may very well gain some new applications.
During the event brothers Jack Anderson, Bob Larabee, John Paliotta, and Rick Lynch along with a visit from Past Grand Master M∴W∴Glenn Carlson, served as day-long guides.
After completion of the conference we received acknowledgement from RIHPHC that are facilities and staff were the best that they had dealt with in recent memory from any of their previous conferences.A truly successful day of support for our community.