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Our Programs



Quarterly Programs - During the spring and fall seasons, the Society presents speakers on various preservation or historical topics.  View past programs.


Plaque Program - The Foster Preservation Society has promoted the identification of homes and buildings, some of which are listed in the State and/or National Register of Historic Places, and others which may not be on the National Register but have local importance.  These buildings are awarded plaques which bear the name of the original owner and date the house was built.


    To apply for a Foster Preservation Society plaque, access the "Guidelines" and "Application" at the links shown below.  Please feel free to contact us at for more information.


Plaque Program Guidelines                    Plaque Application



Historical Cemetery Program - Between 2011 and 2015, the Society conducted a survey of Foster's 153 historic cemeteries.  This survey allows you to see details, GPS coordinates, and photos of each historical cemetery located in Foster, Rhode Island.  The survey is an ongoing project which will be updated regularly until the database of all historical cemeteries is complete.  Click on the link below for details:


Foster Preservation Society Historical Cemetery Survey


Perpetual Care in Foster, Rhode Island


More info can be found about Foster cemeteries on our "Resources and Links page" and at the survey link which appears below.  We also sponsor periodic clean-ups by our members or with other local groups such as the Boy Scouts.


FPS is replacing Historic Cemetery Signs!

As the FPS Historical Cemetery survey progresses, one of our goals is to try to replace all of the signs that are damaged or have gone missing.  We've had the new signs made and still have 40+ signs to be installed.  If you can do even one sign it would be a big help. Please contact Ed Robinson by email ( if interested in assisting with sign installation.


Click on the link below to connect to a spreadsheet showing the list of signs, the ones highlighted in orange have already been installed. The column on the right is an estimate of difficulty in reaching or installing the sign:


Thank you!!!



Winsor Blacksmith Shop demonstrations -

Free demonstrations of the blacksmith's trade are presented during school tours, occasionally throughout the year, and always during the three-day long Old Home Days celebration on the last weekend of the month of July.



Historic Tours - The Society offers educational tours to students and adult tours on an occasional basis.  Each year Society members provided a guided tour of the own of Foster to students of the Captain Isaac Paine School, see photo to the right.  > > > > > >


In 2006, 2008, and 2010 the Society organized a "Barn Tour" which gave attendees an inside look at many of the historic barns and associated farm structures in the Town of Foster.


In 2012, the society is planning an Historic Cemetery Tour during the month of September, please see our Events Calendar page for more information.


Please feel free to contact us at the phone number or email listed below for information about arranging a tour of an historic district for your club or group.



National Register Programs - Our members worked on and completed the research required to have the four historic districts in Foster listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the four districts are:

Foster Center     Hopkins Mills     Moosup Valley     and     Clayville.


There remain individual properties located throughout town that have been deemed eligible for nomination to the national Register pending additional research.



Cultural Programs - From time to time, the Society presents or co-sponsors a regional cultural program.




Foster Preservation Society

P.O. Box 51

Foster, RI 02825

Phone (401) 397-5687