SO HERE'S THE THING ...
The more voices we have, the stronger our message. Pawtucket is a large city! We are always looking for eyes and ears to help us.
Identifying, promoting, and encouraging the preservation of noteworthy historical and architectural resources of Pawtucket, Rhode Island through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and support of economic development that is sensitive and consistent with our mission.
Recent instances in Pawtucket have inspired us to become more active. Check out what we've done and where we are going!
Be proud, Pawtucketonians! You may get kicked around. You may have a highway dividing you. You may have a “Don’t go there! You’ll drive in circles forever!” downtown, but don’t let the other guys get you down! What you do have is individuality and strength in your yesterdays and that culture needs to be fought for and preserved. Pawtucket is so steeped in history; you step outside and breathe it. Your river twists and turns. It is a river that holds secrets, stories and fame. Historical architecture and nuances add beauty to your city. It breaks you from becoming a flood of cookie cutter cul-de-sacs.
Be proud of your history, and pay close attention to it. It is under threat. McCoy looms in everyone’s hearts and our minds. It bears all your memories, and it also keeps the title of the longest game and the oldest AAA stadium in operation. It is a stadium that defies the land. It is a stadium built on water. Your City Hall Tower, with its iconic Art Deco design is in danger of disappearing. It is your Superman Building, stretching into the clouds. Stand near the library and drink in your skyline, imagine it bereft of the internationally recognized pillar. Adams Furniture and The Boys and Girls Club are slated for demolition. Your founding father broke ground and built his house on this land that will soon become a parking lot. Did everybody notice that the super cool Down Under Duck Pin is erased, making way for (you guessed it) a parking lot? (Don’t worry; it’s a parking lot with a gym!)
These are cymbal crashes of historical crime. They slap us in the face and make our heart jump to think about the memories that will disappear when the space is gone. Not all instances are as loud however; they are the whispers of the boarded house down the block or the overgrown cemetery. This is happening. Your history is slipping away. Buildings get destroyed and altered. They get neglected, ignored, and before you know it there’s another Leroy Theater, torn down and replaced with a Walgreens. Stories get swallowed up when elders are not asked to tell them. At the Preservation Society of Pawtucket we aspire to advocate for and uncover these treasures, but it’s an uphill battle.
It is not flowery but literal language that when we preserve our history, we preserve ourselves. Your history is your buildings. Your history is in your people. It is all intertwined and inspiring and you are all a part of. Your history is in your open spaces as much as it is in your infrastructure. We at the Preservation Society of Pawtucket (PSP) are a not-for-profit community organization devoted to identifying, promoting, and encouraging the preservation of noteworthy historical and architectural resources of Pawtucket, Rhode Island through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and support of economic development that is sensitive and consistent with our mission.
By creating this corner for you to enjoy, we at PSP hope to illuminate and elevate the rich history around you. Your community was and is a vibrant resource, worth preserving and fighting for. You are a Pawtucketonian, and you are strong. You are the birth place of a revolution! You are the keepers of the rare, the beautiful and the bizarre. We at PSP are here as your advocate. We will strive to become a louder presence in your community, and one way is by publishing stories and anecdotes of what is around you, beneath the surface or screaming in your face.
What Can You Do? Join us – membership for individuals is $25/calendar year. In addition to membership, you can help by letting us know when important buildings or other resources are being threatened or neglected. You can also spread the word about our work - tell others in your neighborhood about us.
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