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June Membership meeting

My Life as a Lighthouse Keeper

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

Frederick W. Mikkelson is best known to local residents as our Blacksmith, tending the forge at the Winsor Blacksmith shop behind the Town House during Old Home Days.  However, during the 1950's, Fred, as a member of the Coast Guard worked on a number of our local Rhode Island lighthouses.  Fred has documented what it was like when the lighthouses were actually manned and maintained to prevent maritime disasters along Rhode Island’s rocky shores.


November Membership meeting

Showing of the film:

"Stories In Stones"

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

Stories in Stones a film by Marc Levitt (Storyteller, Educator, Radio Host, Filmmaker) is the first film that looks at the Narragansett wall building tradition from multiple perspectives, artistic, spiritual, multi-generational and as a story of tribal affirmation.

Web site with film info is located at: http://marclevitt.org/filmmaker.htm

 

This is a joint presentation sponsored by the Foster Preservation Society and the Libraries of Foster.


PRESERVATION SOCIETY day trip to NEW YORK CITY on

Thursday October 20, 2016

 

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We will be visiting the National September  11th Memorial and Museum for a self guided tour.  The cost is $115 per person and includes: round-trip charter bus transportation to New York City and admission to 9/11 Museum.  The bus will LEAVE Foster at 7:00 am from the Foster Preservation Society Office parking lot abutting the Old Town House at 180 Howard Hill Road Foster, RI.  We expect to arrive back in Foster by 10:00 pm.


November Membership meeting

Slide Presentation of Society Images

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

Some of the images to be shown on this evening are unidentified, so why not come by and see if you can assist …


Discover Foster – GPS Scavenger Hunt

Saturday - October 3, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Starts at the Foster Town House 181 Howard Hill Road

 

The Foster Preservation Society is sponsoring a "Discover Foster - GPS scavenger hunt to locate historical sites throughout Town using GPS coordinates.  A reward will go to those who find all of the locations.

 

We are not sending anyone into the forest or down a cart path.  You can use the GPS in your auto, a hand held unit, or a smart phone with GPS capability.  While all locations are along a road, you may have to look around for the clue.  Everything will be spelled out on the entry form.  The idea is to see Foster.

 

There will be ten selected locations, with nine being given out at the beginning of your tour and the tenth being dependent on clues gathered at the first nine locations.  Upon completion, return your entry to the designated location and it will be entered in a drawing for a $100 cash prize.

 

Entry is simple, stop at the Town House at the start of the event, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on October 3, 2015, entry fee is $25 (individual or team).  You will receive a Jerimoth Hill Tee Shirt and a list of nine GPS coordinates.  Follow the provided GPS coordinates in any order you wish, picking up the clue for the final destination and taking a photo of a member of the team/individual wearing the tee shirt, or with the shirt staged for the photo, with the site as background.  Return the entry form before 4:00 p.m. to the designated location.

 

The course should be easily completed in two hours but we hope you take your time and explore a little.  Pack a lunch and have a picnic or stop at one of Foster’s restaurants for lunch, enjoy the fall air and travel at a leisurely pace.  This is not a race…


                        September Membership Meeting

Breakfast With The Board

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:30 am

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

Foster Center Baptist Church Hall

 

Breakfast is free to all members whose dues are paid current.

Guests are welcome for a small fee.  Children under 8 free.

 

The FPS Office/Museum (located in the basement of the Town House) will be open for visitors following breakfast.  This is also the date for the "All Town Yard Sale" at the Town House Grounds. So plan to stick around!

 

Members of the Board will be available throughout the morning to make it easier to ask questions about current and planned programs and to make suggestions to assist us in meeting the needs of our members.  We need to get your assessment of how we’re doing and what you think we could do to improve the Society.


June Membership meeting

"Restoration and Care of Grave Stones"

with Betty Mencucci, President of Burrillville Historical Society

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

On this evening we will also host our biennial election of Officers.


Clayville Cemetery

Clayville Cemetery Clean-up

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 AND Thursday, October 8, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015 AND Friday, October 16, 2015 AND Thursday, November 5, 2015

 

All days starting at 10:00 am

 

Students from the Met School will be visiting Foster to assist in cleaning up the Clayville Cemetery.

 

We can use all of the support we can arrange as the students, while enthusiastic, are not allowed to use some types of equipment (i.e., chainsaws), so some adult assistance is required.  We could also use a truck or shredder to deal with the brush that will be cut down, as there is no good place to build a brush pile at the cemetery.  This is a big project.  Any help will be welcome.


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30th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Chepachet Village

 

Please note that there will be a specific tour of Foster as described below:

      Tour B9 - Country Life and Community Life in Foster BUS TOUR*

Saturday April 25, 2015  2:00 – 3:15 pm

Jess Pykosz, Farm Manager, Borders Farm Preservation, Inc.
Ed Robinson, President, Foster Preservation Society

 

This tour connects the story of individual families whose farms were scattered across the countryside to the villages where they gathered to eat and to drink, to worship, to learn, to shop, and to govern.  We start with a visit to a 200-acre, 19th-century farmstead donated by the Borders family to a non-profit that works the land, hosts public programs, and preserves the property in perpetuity.  Then we visit the village hamlet of Foster Center which developed in the late 18th century and continues to serve as the focus of community and civic life.


November Membership meeting

History of the Ram Tail Mill

with Tom D'Agostino

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

Join us at our November meeting to hear Tom D'Agostino discuss the history and lore surrounding the Ram Tail Mill.  This presentation is open to he public.


Discover Foster – GPS Scavenger Hunt

Saturday - October 18, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Starts at the Foster Town House 181 Howard Hill Road

 

The Foster Preservation Society is sponsoring a Foster scavenger hunt to locate sites throughout Town using GPS coordinates.  A reward will go to those who find all of the locations.

 

We are not sending anyone into the forest or down a cart path.  You can use the GPS in your auto, a hand held unit or a smart phone with GPS capability.  While all locations are along a road, you may have to look around for the clue.  Everything will be spelled out on the entry form.  The idea is to see Foster.

 

There will be ten selected locations, with nine being given out at the beginning of your tour and the tenth being dependent on clues gathered at the first nine locations.  Upon completion, return your entry to the designated location and it will be entered in a drawing for a $100 cash prize.

 

Entry is simple, stop at the Town House at the start of the event, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on October 18, 2014, entry fee is $25 (individual or team).  You will receive a Jerimoth Hill Tee Shirt and a list of nine GPS coordinates.  Follow the provided GPS coordinates in any order you wish, picking up the clue for the final destination and taking a photo of a member of the team/individual wearing the tee shirt, or with the shirt staged for the photo, with the site as background.  Return the entry form before 4:00 p.m. to the designated location.

 

The course can be easily completed in two hours but we hope you take your time and explore a little.  Pack a lunch and have a picnic or stop at one of Foster’s restaurants for lunch, enjoy the fall air and travel at a leisurely pace. This is not a race…


eRendering Puddle Dock Pond 130522-3             Bus Trip to Strawbery Banke

in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

Bus will leave the Foster Town House at 8:00 am and will be leaving Portsmouth at 4:00 pm

 

$65.00 includes Transportation and admission to the Strawbery Banke museum grounds.  Lunch will be on your own.


April Membership meeting

Swamp Yankees and School Committees: Education in Rhode Island from the Colonial Era to the Gilded Age

with Mark Gardner

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Hemlock Village Community Room

Foster Center Road, Foster, RI

 

Arguments over education in Rhode Island are nothing new.  Find out what the controversies were from the arrival of Roger Williams through the end of the 19th century.


November Membership meeting

History of Rhode Island License Plates

with Richard Dragon

Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House, downstairs (Preservation Society Office)

  The FPS offices and archives will be open to the public on this night.

All are welcome.


September Membership meeting

"Breakfast with the Board"

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

Foster Center Baptist Church

 

Come meet the Foster Preservation Society

Board of Directors and have breakfast on us!

 

Breakfast is free to all current Preservation Society members.  Non-members will be charged a small fee.

 

Immediately following breakfast there will be an open house at the FPS Offices in the Town House basement.  All are welcome.


April Membership Meeting and Open House

Making Maple Syrup

with Foster Residents Bill and Susan Tabor

Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House (DOWNSTAIRS)

 

The FPS Office and Archives will be also open to the public on this evening.


SMCT LogoNovember Membership Meeting

Historical Cemetery Tour

 - - - recap performance - - -

with performers from the

Swamp Meadow Community Theater

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

On September 29th, the Foster Preservation Society sponsored a Historical Cemetery Tour which was a great success in spite of the threatening weather.  Attendees were treated to the beauty, art, and a bit of the history of Foster as it has been preserved in our historic cemeteries.

 

On the day of the tour, performers from the Swamp Meadow Community Theater shared their talents with us by portraying individuals of historical note and sharing stories inspired by our historic cemeteries.  The Swamp Meadow performers will be on hand at our November Membership meeting to recreate their performances of that day for those who were unable to see them on the day of the tour.  It should be a great night.


Old Burial Grounds - Foster

History and Humour

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Similar to our previous "Barn Tours", the Foster Preservation Society will be sponsoring a self-guided tour of approximately seven of Foster's Cemeteries which are of historic interest.  Preservation Society docents will be stationed at each stop to explain the history, recount the interesting facts, and show the highlights of each cemetery.

 

In addition, actors from Swamp Meadow Community Theater will be at the various cemeteries to portray individuals of historical note and perhaps share a story or two.

 

Tickets will be sold at the Foster Town House - 180 Howard Hill Road, on the day of the tour:  $10.00 / adult; children 12 and under are free.


September 11th Remembrance

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

6:00 pm - Borders Farm - 31 North Road

 

Join your neighbors and friends in a short ceremony to remember those who gave their lives and their help on that day.


September Membership Meeting

How Federal Hill Got Its Name

(or: "How Foster Influenced the Naming of Federal Hill")

Dr. Anthony Bruzzesse

Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

Learn how western Rhode Island, the Country Party of 1788, and the citizens of Foster in particular, affected the naming of Providence's Federal Hill during the debates surrounding the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.


June Membership Meeting

Preservation Society Picnic

Sunday, June 24, 2012 starting at 1:00 pm

 

This year instead of our traditional indoor meeting, the Foster Preservation Society is planning to hold a Pot Luck Picnic to be held at the Woody Lowden Recreation Center on Howard Hill Road.  Both Members and Non-members are welcome.

 

There is no admission charge but please bring your own beverages as well as a prepared dish to serve no more than eight people.  Everyone is invited, rain or shine, we'll have use of the inside of the building.  During the day we will be hosting a Bocce tournament.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

 

Feel free to bring a friend ... We'll see you there.


Backyard Poultry Rearing - lecture

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Scituate Grange Hall 706 Hartford Pike (Route 101) Scituate, RI

 

All are invited to this free presentation put on by the:

Little Rhody Poultry Fanciers.

 

Sponsored by the Scituate Preservation Society.


April Membership Meeting

Restoration of Historic Cemeteries

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House.

 

Did you know that Foster has 153 known cemeteries?  Did you know that Foster has more cemeteries than Glocester, Smithfield or Burrillville?  Who takes care of these Historic remnants of our past?

 

The Foster Preservation Society is pleased to have Don Burns, Lonnie Thurber, and George "Skip" Tuekten of the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries join us at our April Membership Meeting to discuss what they are doing in their town and demonstrate some of the restoration techniques they employ.

 

Please join us to hear about their Adopt-a-Cemetery program to provide care for these memorials to our ancestors. Most of our small family plots do not have perpetual care arrangements. The Foster Preservation Society is engaged in locating and documenting them. This is the first step in a multi part plan to restore them.


February Membership Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

At this special meeting there will be two speakers:

 

Ghost Hunt Results - First, John Austin and the team from G.h.o.s.t. will be presenting the findings of the Foster Town House ghost hunt which took place on November 11, 2011.  On that cold night (49 degrees), GHOST investigators blanketed the building with infrared motion detectors, audio recorders, electromagnetic field gauges, and temperature sensors in the hopes of capturing some evidence of paranormal activity.  Tonight we will learn what they found.  in the meantime you may read the Observer article from 11/30/2011.

and

 

Ray Wolf will be presenting his new "Images of America" book on the Town of Foster, RI


2 RIV at GettysburgNovember Membership Meeting

The 2nd Rhode Island Detached Infantry

with Gregory Payne

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House.

 

Foster resident Gregory Payne will discuss the experiences of the 2nd Rhode Island Detached Infantry during the Civil War.  The 2nd Rhode Island served in many engagements including the 1st Battle of Bull Run in 1861, Gettysburg, and was present at Lee's Surrender at Appomattox in April of 1865.  Uniforms and artifacts will be presented during the evening.

 

          ^^^ 2nd RI Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

 


Bus Trip to Civil War Re-enactment

Saturday, September 17, 2011

 

Click here to see photos of this trip.

 

The year 2011 marks the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War - 150 years since the War began in 1861.  The Preservation Society sponsored a bus trip to Hearthside House in Lincoln, Rhode Island for the a Civil War battle re-enactment in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

 

The trip began at 8:30 am at the Foster Center Baptist Church where we had breakfast prior to departing.  Our bus left from the front of the Town House at 9:30 am and arrived at the Chase Farm abutting Hearthside at approximately 10:00 am.  Participants were on their own at the re-enactment until approximately 3:30 pm when the bus returned to Foster Center.  There were vendors on site during the day where our bus trip participants were able to purchase food for lunch.

 

Cost of this trip was $30.00 per person and included breakfast, bus transportation to and from the site, and admission to the re-enactment.  Please note the price of the trip included admission to the Hearthside House.


September Membership Meeting

Ancient Indian Peoples of New England: An Archaeologist's  Perspective

with Alan Leveillee

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

Archaeologists have found evidence of Indian peoples spanning 11,000 years occupying what we now call New England. What do human remains and artifacts tell us about these early residents of North America? What is their relation to present-day Native American tribal groups? Learn about what archaeological sites reveal about life in this region several millennia before the arrival of European colonists.
 

Alan Leveillee is an anthropologist and archaeologist dedicated to sharing archaeological research with non-specialist audiences. Having worked in cultural resource management for more than 20 years, he currently serves as a principal investigator and Director of Educational Programs at the Public Archaeology Lab, a non-profit consulting firm, and as the Rhode Island statewide network coordinator for the Education Committee of the Society of American Archaeology. He presents papers and publishes regularly and serves on the  advisory boards of four area museums: the Sydney Wright Museum, The Robbins Museum, The Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, and the Nathan Fisher House.

 

This Program was offered through the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.


Lost Villages of Scituate Tour with Ray Wolf

Sunday, May 17, 2015 -- Sunday October 19, 2014 -- Sunday March 23, 2014 -- Sunday October 28, 2012 -- Saturday, October 20, 2012 -- Saturday June 23, 2012 -- Sunday, October 23, 2011 -- Saturday, August 13, 2011 -- Saturday, June 25, 2011 -- Saturday April 21, 2011

 

  

 

This one and a half hour bus tour (air conditioned) will be leaving from Hope Elementary School parking lot, located at 391 North Road, (Route 116), Hope, Rhode Island at the following times:

 

10:00 am ----- 12:00 noon ----- 2:00 pm ----- 4: 00 pm

 

No food or drinks are allowed on board bus.

However, please feel free to bring your own bottled water.

 

$20.00 per person in advance.

Please call (401) 821-0016 or email at theewolf@cox.net to check for availability.

 

Ray is the author of the following three books of local interest:

Foster ----- The Lost Villages of Scituate ----- The Scituate Reservoir

These books will be on sale on the day of tour for $23.50 each.

 

Mention the Foster Preservation Society when you book a tour and a portion of the proceeds with be donated to the Society.


June Membership Meeting

Gravestone Girls Tour of Spears and Phillips Cemeteries
June 14, 2011 -  7:00 pm

 

The Gravestone Girls

 

Click here to see photos of this tour.

 

Gravestone Girls gave a tour of the Spears and Philips Cemeteries.  Attendees met at the cemeteries on North Road at 7:00pm.  Following the tour, the group returned to Town House for a Q & A discussion. Program was followed by the annual election of Preservation Society officers.

 

For more information on the Gravestone Girls, see www.gravestonegirls.com.


Scituate Preservation Society presents

Forests of Southern New England
April 20, 2011

 

     The Scituate Preservation Society sponsored a presentation by Salvatore Mancini entitled "Forests of Southern New England" on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Grange Hall, 706 Hartford Pike, North Scituate, RI.

     

     Mr. Mancini is a photographer who has been published and has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe.  The Southern New England Forest Consortium contracted with Mr. Mancini to photograph industrial archaeology (dams, concrete walls, rubber foundations, old roads, etc.) along with all the different trees found in Rhode Island.  Photographs of the forest floor, tree canopy, alpine, and swamp environments are included, along with those of old growth forest, tree diseases, and wood products.  The presentation was about clear cut versus selective managing of our local forests. This program is a presentation from the Speakers Bureau of the RI Council for the Humanities.  The Scituate Rotary Club were guests of the Society and provided a pot luck supper at 6:30 pm prior to the lecture. The public was invited.  For further information please call Sal Lombardi, President at 647-0001 after 5:00 pm.


 

 

Paine School Tour of the Town

April 14, 2011

April 2014

 

 

 


April Membership Meeting

The Legacy of Corruption

with Edward Achorn

April 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary, is the deputy editorial pages editor of The Providence Journal. He has won numerous writing awards and his work appears in Best Newspaper Writing, 2007-2008.

Achorn’s “must read” weekly columns often touch on baseball, which he considers the best game ever invented, but usually center on the weird and contentious politics of Rhode Island. He inspired revolutionary change in the state’s Constitution, championing an amendment that balanced power and put an end to a 340-year legacy of inordinate control by the legislature. Pulitzer judges cited his “clear, tenacious call to action against government corruption in Rhode Island,” while Common Cause Rhode Island declared: “Ed Achorn’s clear trumpet turned the tide in this historic battle.”

 

This program was offered through the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.


 

3rd Foster Barn Tour: Better Barns Old and New

Saturday, September 11, 2010

 

Self guided tours of the following Barns:

 

Greene Barn   -   Paine-Bennet Barn   -   Red Rock Farm

Campbell Barn   -   Bartel Farm   -   Paine Barn   -   Shippee Farm


 

5th Annual Plant and Yard Sale

Saturday May 23, 2009

 

Held at the Joshua Jones House, Mt. Hygeia Road.

 


2nd Foster Barn Tour: Better Barns and Garden Tour

Saturday, August 16, 2008

 

Self guided tours of the following Barns and Gardens:

 

Nordland Farm   -   Campbell Barn and Garden   -   DeMerchant Garden

Moffat/Riccio Garden   -   Paine-Bennet Barn   -   Merriman Barn and Garden

Grass Farm Barn   -   Paine Barn   -   White's Garden   -   Colwell Farm


 

4th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday May 31, 2008

 

 Held at the South Foster Fire Station.

 


3rd Annual Plant Sale

June 2, 2007

More Photos by Donna Mooney

 

 

This clock, which was made by Dick White,

was raffled off at the plant sale.

 


Stone by Stone

March 13, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Chopmist Senior Center

 

The Preservation Society joined the Foster Conservation Commission in a regional program hosted by the Scituate Conservation Commission.  University of Connecticut Professor of geology, Robert Thorson, spoke about the loss of New England stone walls and signed his book entitled The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls.


 

 

Foster Barn Tour

Saturday, August 12, 2006

 

 

 


Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy

November 14, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Foster Town House

 

Nancy Carlisle, Curator of Heritage New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities - SPNEA) will offer a slide presentation and lecture relating to poignant tales of both famous and forgotten players in New England's story.

 

Cherished Possessions, an exhibit that has travelled to museums around the United States, showcases 175 objects that provide entry points into history, recounting tales of childhood and family, depicting a nation deeply divided by war, and describing lives of poverty and affluence.

 

 

Foster Preservation Society

P.O. Box 51

Foster, RI 02825

Phone (401) 397-5687

Email: fosterfps@msn.com