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June 6, 2016

Hall of Fame will be crown jewel of region

To the editor: The proposal for building the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in Bristol is an initiative without equal.

It is certainly appropriate the site chosen for the museum is the 2.4 wooded acres which are the last of Hogn DeWolf's Griswold Avenue Farm, which ran to the Mount Hope Bay shore. The location is adjacent to the Roger Williams University campus, which encompasses Sen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Edghilll Farm.

The town of Bristol, the shire town in the smallest county in the smallest state, is large in its magnificent attractions; it is the crown of the county's many public venues. The Heritage hall of Fame proposal, if it becomes a reality, will be the most precious jewel in the county's crown.

The educational and entertaining exhibits planned for the museum will include the most modem electronic and live interactive exhibits available. One of the most exciting exhibits planned involves live actors in the guise of founder Roger Williams, religious leader Anne Hutchinson, artist Edward Mitchell Bannister, entertainer Ray Bolger and many other Rhode Island luminaries, all played by actors well versed in the biographies of the people they are representing. The actors will interact with museum visitors, answering questions about their daily lives and experiences during their years.

I urge all folks interested in the state's history and the proposed museum to read all about it at www. rho deislandhe ritagehalloffame. org.



May 25, 2016

Fund Raising Drive for new Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

RHODE ISLAND HERITAGE HALL OF FAME FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 25, 2016 Contact: Ken Dooley Phone: 401-841-1605 Contact: Wayne Muller Phone: 860-437-3045 Fund Raising Drive for new Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Opens on June 14 at the Conley’s Wharf Building at 200 Allens Avenue, Providence at 3:00 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, RI – QUESTION: What special distinction does Rhode Island share with Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland?

Answer: No state history museum.

That’s right. The Ocean State, settled 380 years ago by the initial wave of European immigrants central in the development of the colonies that were to become the United States, has no state repository to honor and understand the people whose achievements shaped its long history.

Unlike our newest states Arizona and New Mexico (1912) and Alaska and Hawaii (1959), and the other states, Rhode Island has no one place where the story of this long, often tumultuous, and truly fascinating history can be gathered and told.

To combat the state’s negative self-image, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame will erect a stately and elegant Rhode Island icon that will inspire pride in our state, the people, and its heritage.

The location of the Hall of Fame building will be in Bristol, on Metacom Avenue (Route 136), adjacent to Roger Williams University, an institution of higher learning named for our most prominent inductee. Roger Williams University is willing to aid and partner with the Hall of Fame in a variety of ways through its well-regarded outreach program.

“The Hall of Fame in its new building will not be merely a gallery of eminent Rhode Islanders,” Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Hall of Fame president, promised.

“The inductees will come down from its walls and actively engage students and the general public in a continuing dialogue about Rhode Island and our state’s contributions to America and the world at-large. It will be a ‘living’ Hall of Fame by relating our history through a series of changing exhibits using the latest museum technology,” Conley said. “We will tell the story of Rhode Island’s development through the medium of biography.”

Healy/Kohler Design has been selected to create a dynamic and education-based program for visitors to the Hall of Fame.

“We will create a dynamic multi-layered visitor experience that that integrates biographies with media and interactive technologies and with interpretive graphics,“ said Terence Healy, founder of HealyKohler Design.

Healy’s design and development of projects includes those for the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, the Museum of American Revolution, the Library of Congress, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the United States Geologic Survey, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Healy has received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Presidential Award and other recognition awards from the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

“Visitors to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame will experience a powerful and dramatic media production,” Conley said. “The theatre production will be an immersive experience that will connect to all of the visitor’s senses. Not only will the audience see amazing footage and hear the personal and emotional stories of our inductees but visitors will also feel, smell and touch the excitement of being part of Rhode Island history” Conley said.

“We have retained the leading company in museum design in the nation to help us attract new visitors and generate optimism and pride in Rhode Island. Those who visit The Hall of Fame will gain a much more positive image of our state,” Conley said. “It will become a major and inspiring destination.”



May 6, 2016

Message from the President

HealyKohler Design has been selected to create a dynamic and education-based experience for visitors to Rhode Heritage Hall of Fame in Bristol, RI, Patrick T. Conley, president of the HOF, announced Friday.

Terence Healy, is a founding principal of HealyKohler Design, a multi-disciplinary design services firm offering museum planning and exhibition Design.

“We will create a dynamic multi-layered visitor experience that integrates collections, immersive environments, media and interactive technologies, and interpretive graphics,” Healy said.

His design and development of projects includes the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Museum of American Revolution, Library of Congress, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Washington Monument, The State Historical Museum of Iowa, The Florida Museum of Natural History and the National Masonic Museum.

His experience also includes work at the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the United States Geologic Survey.

Healy has received the prestigious the National Endowment for the Arts Presidential Award and other recognition awards from the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

“Visitors to the Rhode Heritage Hall of Fame will experience a powerful and dramatic media production,” Conley said. “The theatre environment will be an immersive experience that will connect to all of the visitor’s senses. Not only will the audiences see amazing footage and hear the personal and emotional stories of our inducted but will also feel, smell and touch the excitement of being part of Rhode Island history,“ Conley said.

“We have retained the leading company in museum design in the nation to help us attract new visitors and generate optimism and pride in Rhode Island. Those who visit the Hall of Fame will capture a positive image of our state, “ Conley added.



April 8, 2016

TEN PROMINENT RHODE ISLANDERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO STATE HALL OF FAME

The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame today announced the selection of ten prominent Rhode Islanders for membership in the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

According to Board president and 1995 inductee, Patrick T. Conley--the Hall of Fame, now consisting of 747 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 induction ceremony--the 52nd--will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet. A 5:00 p.m. social hour will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner, entertainment, the induction ceremony, and a post-induction gathering. Director Michael Lyons is event chairman; director Albert Beauparlant is the dinner chairman, and Director Steve Aveson will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band will open the evening's program followed by an address by Dr. Conley during which he will announce plans for a Hall of Fame Building in Bristol and present a model of the proposed structure. Dinner music will be provided by an array of well-known local musicians and will feature the playing of the Hall of Fame March written by 2014 inductee Ambassador J. William Middendorf II. The Inductee Class of 2016 (listed alphabetically) with their inductors (who are Directors) is as follows:

DR. ROBERT D. BILLINGTON --Tourism expert and the principal promoter of the development of the Blackstone Valley. Inducted by Albert R. Beauparlant.

RICHARD A. "DICK" ERNST --Standout player, coach, and administrator in the sports of tennis and hockey. Inducted by Dr. D. Scott Molloy, Jr.

CHARLIE HALL--Comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political cartoonist. Inducted by Cynthia Laughlin.

RALPH R. PAPITTO--Innovative business leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Inducted by Stephen J. O'Rourke.

DR. PIYUSH J. PATEL--Scientist, real estate developer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Inducted by Kenneth Dooley.

DR. JAMES T. PATTERSON--Brown University professor emeritus who is a leading and prize-winning historian of modern America. Inducted by Dr. Patrick T. Conley.

DR. PATRICIA R. RECUPERO--President emeritus of Butler Hospital, attorney, and nationally recognized authority in mental health care. Inducted by Dr. Roberta Brown Feather.

ARTHUR S. ROBBINS--Hotel magnate, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist. Inducted by Dr. John A. Worsley.

MICHAEL A. TAMBURRO--President emeritus of the Pawtucket Red Sox, prize-winning sports executive, civic leader, and philanthropist. Inducted by Michael Lyons.

DR. BETTY R. VOHR--Physician and nationally prominent authority on pediatrics and neonatal care. Inducted by James P. Marusak, Esq.

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 and must be purchased in advance by April 22, 2016. 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 call Dr. Patrick T. Conley at #401-273-1787



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