Providence Above & Below Ground At Brown

(2.1) Providence is a city of hidden histories, some lying beneath the ground waiting to be unearthed and others tucked away in overlooked buildings and backstreets. Join Brown and RISD students as they share a diverse range of stories from Providence’s past that they have uncovered through archaeological excavations, archival research, and collecting local memories and oral histories.

The public is invited to attend Providence Heritage: Above and Below Ground Friday afternoon at Rhode Island Hall, located over on the George Street side of the Brown Main Green.

We first wrote about this initiative last October on National Archaeology Day when Brown students and instructors organized the excavation of a 19th-century homestead on the Moses Brown campus. Visitors were invited to grab a tool and get down and dirty.

This event is part of the Year of the City: The Providence Project, a year long exploration of the history, life, and culture of Providence, and the first in a series of three events around the theme of engaged archaeology that will be held at the Joukowsky Institute on February 1, 4, and 6, 2019. ‘Year of the City’ is a collaboration of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Providence Public Library, and Providence City Arts.

Year of the City brings together more than 50 public programs over the course of the year that explore the history, life and culture of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures, and conferences.

Free and open to the public, 4pm to 6pm, Friday, February 1, Room 108, Rhode Island Hall, Main Green, Brown University, (directions)

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