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Encuentro 2018: The Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Join three partners–the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Rhode Island Latino Arts and Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC)–for a national conversation about Latino historic preservation in New England. Encuentro 2018 will bring preservationists, scholars, students, design professionals, and community advocates together in Providence from April 26th through the 28th. Registration is available online for sessions, talks, tours, and gatherings through April 20th, and after the deadline, people can register on-site. Look for the info table at the Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, on Thursday and Friday from 7am-3pm and at the Round Top Center at Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset Street, on Saturday from 8am to noon.

Sign up for one, two, or all three days! On Thursday April 26th and Friday April 27th, the program features guest speakers from across the country and offers opportunities to exchange ideas with other professionals. Mingle at the welcome reception on Thursday night, and on Friday evening, choose between a reception with actors from Trinity Rep’s Native Gardens and a Providence at Night walking tour.

On Saturday April 28th, participants will get out and explore the city! The opening session includes an introduction by Dr. Ned Kaufman, author of Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation (2009) and a presentation by Dr. Ray Rast, Assistant Professor of History, Gonzaga University. The rest of the day is dedicated to a phenomenal group of walking and bus tours, many focused on downtown Providence. Learn about Downtown Public Art, Chinatown, Westminster Street, City Walk, the Latino Cultural Corridor, African American College Hill, statues, and other topics of local and national interest. Continue the conversation at a closing reception at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery from 5-6 PM.

For more details about the conference, visit