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North Main History Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm

The 1928 NFL champion Providence Steamrollers played at a field near North Main Street. Image from Art in Ruins (www.artinruins.com)

Event: Public workshop on the history of North Main Street
Date and time: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Ave
For more info: email Jonathan Howard, or call 331-2272 

The North Main Street Project will host a workshop looking at North Main Street’s lively past as a vital center for sports and entertainment and as a retail destination on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7PM at the Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Avenue. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Dr. Robert Cvornyek, the Chairman of the History Department at Rhode Island College will talk about the history of the Providence Steamrollers, a National Football League team which played its games on the site of the current Shaws Plaza at the northern end of the street. The Steamrollers won the NFL championship in 1928. Dr. Cvornyek will also introduce memories of the Celebrity Club on North Main where the greats of the Jazz Age played.

Mack Woodward of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission will outline the evolution of North Main as a commercial and residential center over the years.

We welcome historical questions, answers and memorabilia from anyone with memories or knowledge of North Main Street’s past. We are honored to have J Hogue, proprietor of the fabulous Art in Ruins web site, which catalogs dozens of Rhode Island’s vanished and threatened cultural treasures.

This look back to a livelier North Main is the first in a series of workshops intended to develop knowledge, interest and investment in North Main as a vital urban corridor. Each session will bring experts together with business owners, property owners, residents and other stakeholders to identify opportunities and build partnerships for future investment and action. More details on future sessions can be found below.

One Response

  1. Oh my god oh my god oh my god… I knew it. I knew I would forget about it, and still, even though i knew it, I forgot about it. Ahhh! Sorry, so sorry, so sorry. Man, I need a vacation. Several. In a row. Then maybe I can catch up with myself and do the things I promise people. Again, so sorry. It was unintentional. Geez, I posted it on AIR and everything and still forgot to go. *sigh*

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