Year of the City
The Providence Project



Year of the City: The Providence Project is an unprecedented year-long exploration of the history, life and culture of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures, and conferences produced by more than 50 different curators.

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Providence Unveiled: Stories from the Archives

  • The Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Rare Book Room 251 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903 (map)

In 1836, the Providence Library Company (1753) and the Providence Athenæum (1831) made the decision to dissolve their institutions and reform as the library we know today as the Providence Athenæum. The library has occupied its home on Benefit Street since 1838, bearing witness to the evolution of the city of Providence for nearly two centuries. “Providence Unveiled: Stories from the Archives” aims to uncover the stories of people and places of historic Providence through an exploration of materials housed in the Athenaeum’s archives, painting a picture of the surrounding neighborhood throughout time.

Opening event:

Stop in anytime from 10am-2pm on Saturday, June 8th to see the exhibit - light refreshments, children’s activities, tours, and conversation provided.  Registration is appreciated, but not required.  

Register here:

Getting here:

There are a limited number of parking spaces directly behind the Athenæum on College Street. We ask that members and visitors please sign in at the Circulation Desk while using one of the spaces and only use the spaces while in the library.

Street parking is also available. Two to three hour parking is available on Benefit Street and the surrounding streets.

The Philbrick Rare Book Room is located on the lower level of the Athenaeum.

Earlier Event: May 24
Memory Dishes
Later Event: June 3
Premiere: "Providence Lost"