Monday, December 13, 2021

Donate to our Annual Fund

A meaningful donation to our 2021 Annual Fund will help us continue with programs and projects that support the unique architectural and cultural fabric of Warren.  

This year we were able to finish projects that were delayed by the pandemic.  Happily we reunited with our membership in person at Burr's Hill Park and at the Historic Warren Armory for the Warren Walkabout. 

Over the past year we: 
         Hosted a virtual presentation on Warren’s very own female baseball pioneer Elizabeth “Lizzy” Murphy with historian and educator Jay Hurd.  

      Installed an exhibit in the Town Hall lobby of historic bird’s-eye view images of Warren taken from the steeple of the Methodist Church by artist Henry Cady in 1888 and architect Lombard Pozzi in 1988. This exhibit and a permanent hanging system were funded by RI State Legislative Grants.    

        Under the guidance of archival consultant Jessica Rogers-Cerrato, we processed and stored our collections, and also assisted in a digital exhibit on artist Henry Cady which was funded by the RI Council for the Humanities.
        Held our 2021 Annual Meeting & Elections outdoors at Burr’s Hill Park.  The meeting, which included a presentation on Warren’s pre-colonial history by member David Weed, was our first in-person meeting in over a year.  
         Purchased a painting of the Massasoit Ousamequin, Chief Sachem of the Pokanokets, and a painting of the Sowams Village with additional funding from the Jay Barry Cultural Arts Group.      

          Presented seven historic house markers to the following historic properties: Jeremiah Brown House, c.1793 (92 Water St); John Hubbard House, 1870 (43 Church St); Jonathan Bowen House, c.1792 (49 Church St); John Hoar House, c.1842 (50 Washington St); Alger-Maxwell House, c.1805-c.1835 (262 Water St); Samuel Brown House, c.1877 (27 Sowamsett Ave); and Allen & George Brown House, c.1853 (31 Federal St). The house markers were presented to the home owners at the Historic Warren Armory during the Warren Walkabout.   
       The Warren Middle Passage Project, headed by members Pat Mues and Sarah Weed, succeeded in adding the names of nine African American soldiers to a new Honor Roll plaque.

       Sadly Elizabeth “Bonnie” Warren passed away on August 8, 2021. Instrumental in the 1975 Statewide Preservation Report on Warren, Bonnie’s dedication to preservation in Warren and her affection for our community will always be remembered.  We are grateful that she donated her collection of slides and Warren related material to WPS.  

As always, we are thankful for the support of our members and our friends in this fabulous historic community.
 Happy Holidays to all from WPS! 

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