July 6, 2018



The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Heritage Harbor Foundation Rhode Island Publications Society President Patrick Conley and the Board of Directors Invite You and Your Guest(s) to the Hall's Hope for Rhode Island's Heritage 2nd Annual Gala "Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present"

To be Conducted On Sunday, 23 September 2018 at Providence Biltmore Hotel Garden Room, Providence, RI

5:00 p.m. - Cocktail reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar Featuring Michael Dutra, RI's Own "Frank Sinatra" Michael has been hailed as one of the finest interpreters of the Sinatra sound in the world

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Silent Auction

6:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremony with the RI Historic Militia Unit, Pawtuxet Rangers with Fifes and Drums

7:00 p.m. - Festivities Resume with Michael Dutra

8:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Dress - Black Tie (optional) - Business attire

RSVP Deadline is 14 September 2018 via Response Form. Click here to download Response Form

April 6, 2018



The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame today announced the selection of nine prominent Rhode Islanders for membership in the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
According to Board president and 1995 inductee, Dr. Patrick T. Conley--the Hall of Fame, consisting of illustrious Rhode Islanders from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to the present--was created in 1965 to honor “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.” Such individuals, said Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here.
This year’s annual induction ceremony--the 54th--will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at The Inn at the Crossings (Crowne Plaza) in Warwick. A 5:00 p.m. social hour will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner, entertainment, and the induction ceremony.
Board vice president, Albert Beauparlant, is event and dinner chairman, and Director Michael Lyons is Master of Ceremonies. The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band will open the evening’s program followed by an address delivered by Dr. Conley. Dinner music will be provided by an array of well-known local musicians.

The Inductee Class of 2018 (listed alphabetically) with their inductors (who are Hall of Fame Inductees or Directors) is as follows:
JUDGE FRANCIS J. DARIGAN, JR., South Providence native who became District Court judge and then Superior Court justice, South Side community leader and activist, former national president of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), and co-founder and first president of Justice Assistance. Inducted by Dr. Patrick T. Conley (1995 Inductee)
KENNETH R. DOOLEY, Cranston native, prolific author, playwright, and biographer, publishing executive, literary critic, political consultant, and the author of the play that led to the posthumous pardon of unjustly executed Irish immigrant John Gordon. Inducted by Dr. D. Scott Molloy (2009 Inductee)
CONGRESSMAN PATRICK J. KENNEDY, Eight-term congressman from Rhode Island, state legislator, and crusader for mental health, both as a congressman and afterward as the founder of two international mental health advocacy organizations. Inducted by Dr. Patrick T. Conley (1995 Inductee)
CONGRESSMAN RONALD K. MACHTLEY, Attorney, naval officer, three-term congressman from Rhode Island, and then long-time president of Bryant University, a school that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and development under his leadership. (Inducted by Albert R. Beauparlant (HOF Vice President)
RONALD R. S. PICERNE, Cranston native, who became one of the nation’s leading real estate developers with projects in Rhode Island and twenty-three other states, and who leads a family foundation granting hundreds of college scholarships to deserving students. Inducted by General James J. D’Agostino (Director)
JAMES P. RILEY, Labor organizer, chairman of the Occupational and Environmental Center of Rhode Island, civic leader, and a major fundraiser for a variety of charitable organizations, especially the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Inducted by Dr. D. Scott Molloy (2009 Inductee)
DR. RUDOLPH E. TANZI, Cranston native, who is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and one of the world’s leading authorities on Alzheimer’s Disease, genetics, and brain health. Inducted by Dr. Arun K. Singh (2017 Inductee)
SPENCER W. VINER, ESQ., South Providence born and Pawtucket raised, high-ranking labor attorney, winner of the Bronze Star in Vietnam, civic leader, president of the Rhode Island Japan-American Society, and recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun Medal from the Emperor of Japan. Inducted by Arlene Violet, Esq. (1996 Inductee)
PATRICE WOOD,, Born Holly Patrice Wood in Ohio, she began her Rhode Island tenure in February, 1980 and has become the longest-serving female newscaster in Rhode Island television history, using her celebrity not only to win numerous professional honors but also to promote a variety of charitable endeavors, especially in the area of child adoption. Inducted by Michael E. Lyons (Director)

The donation to the Heritage Hall of Fame for the dinner event is $85.00. The Rhode Island general public is urged to attend to pay tribute to their distinguished fellow citizens. Tickets can be ordered by calling #401-556-6174 or by emailing at, and must be purchased in advance by April 23, 2018.
Friends, colleagues, and admirers of specific honorees are urged to attend. They should give the ticket agent information concerning their specific honoree in order to be seated near that inductee.
For further information on this release call Dr. Patrick T. Conley at #401-273-1787.

November 29, 2017

2017 Hall of Fame Gala Event Gallery


The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, Heritage Harbor Foundation and the Rhode Island Publications Society sponsored a gala entitled Honoring the past, Celebrating the Present that was held at Ochre Court, Salve Reginia University on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.