June 16, 2019

East Providence Historical Society News


“2nd Sunday” Spring Open Houses
April 14 - May 12 ( OFF Day !)
1:00 - 3:30pm
John Hunt Museum - 65 Hunts Mills Road - 02916

“ Hikes At Hunt’s”- 1:30 at the Gazebo
The Historical Society invites you to “save the date” for May 12 - Old Fashioned Family Fun Day - 11am - 4 pm. This is our Mother’s Day special event to kick off the grand opening of the newly restored Education Center which originally was the manager’s cot-tage for the Hunt’s Mills Amusement Park (1895-1925). Family games, hikes, master gardener events, food trucks, old firetrucks, and the dedication fill out the day but the really special event will be the revival of the famous “Rumford Cook-Off” which attracted famous chefs from all over the country. They had to use Rumford Baking Powder, of course! The iconic mural of that bake-off is on the wall at 7 Stars Bakery at the Rumford Centre. The revival invites YOU to be a famous chef. To enter: https://www.rumfordbakeoff.com

Open House - April 14 - Hunt House and Hunt’s Mills have just been spotlighted at the RI Preservation Conference and the Ed Center will have its dedication next month. We think you will enjoy the fresh take on the “old” and the rearrangement of familiar spaces. Archives that have been stored away will come out for this spring and there have been surprises, even for those of us who know the collection well! As usual, join Ernie Germani and the 10 Mile River group for informative, family centered hikes.

Public Meeting: “A Tour of RI’s Grandest Masonic Hall”
Monday - April 22 - 7pm for presentation/ tours
The Freemason Hall - 222 Taunton Ave. 02914

The Freemasons of RI are opening their doors to EPHS for a special evening. The hall was the 2019 Preservation Conference registration site and Richard Lynch and his crew are ready for a recap with local residents.The Lodge is a magnificant Greek Revival structure with a beautifully appointed assembly hall on the top floor. There is handi-capped accessibility on the Taunton Ave. side and plenty of parking in the area. Refresh-ments before the tours.

The EPHS is a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of local history. We are located at the 1751 John Hunt House Museum in the Hunts Mills Local Historic District, maintain a URI Master Gardening program, and provide educational programs open to the public. For more information visit info@ephist.org or call 438-1750

Extra news:
Keith Gonsalves, leader of the 10 Mile River Warershed Council which works along that corridor and at the Hunt’s Mill Historic District, received the RI Blueways Stewardship Award for 2019 at the Land and Water Conservation Summit held at URI on March 9. Keith has been instrumental in building partnerships with the EP Conservation Commis-sion, the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor and the East Prov. Historical Society at Hunt’s Mills.


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