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11.8.2001 00:05

R.I. history, for free

Visits to places of artistic, scientific or historical importance -- "cultural tourism" -- have increased in recent years.

The patriotic fervor aroused by Sept. 11 has particularly focused attention on historic sites. So on Monday, Nov. 12 (the national day off work for Veterans Day), admission to many historic sites and history museums in Rhode Island will be free to commemorate the sacrifices made by Americans, especially on and since Sept. 11.

The idea is also to promote tourism on the home front. The "historic open house" was suggested by U.S. Park Service Director Frances Mainella in her recent speech to the annual meeting, in Providence, of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission encourages managers of all historical sites to open doors for free that day. Similar efforts are under way across America. As of Nov. 2, the following 44 Rhode Island sites will be free on Nov. 12.

Babcock-Smith House, Westerly; Baker Street Fire Museum, Warren; Blithewold Mansion, Bristol; The Breakers, Newport; Bristol Historical & Preservation Society; John Brown House, Providence; Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol; The Elms, Newport; Fort Adams, Newport; Nathanael Greene Homestead, Coventry; Hanson Armory, Chepachet; Gov. Stephen Hopkins House, Providence; Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol; John Hunt House, East Providence; International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport; Jamestown Windmill; Kentish Guards Armory, East Greenwich; Linden Place, Bristol; Gov. Henry Lippitt House, Providence; Looff Carousel, East Providence; Flagg Museum, Central Falls; Marble House, Newport; Maxwell House, Warren; Mount Hope Farm, Bristol; Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park, Providence; Museum of Newport History; Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket; Newport Art Museum; Newport Artillery Museum; Old Washington County Jail, South Kingstown; Paine Homestead, Coventry; Portsmouth Historical Society Museum; Prescott Farm, Middletown; Quonset Air Museum, North Kingstown; Judge Samuel Randall House, Warren; Read School House, Coventry; Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Providence; Slater Mill, Pawtucket; Smith's Castle, North Kingstown; Gov. Sprague Mansion, Cranston; Gilbert Stuart Museum, Saunderstown; Touro Synagogue, Newport; Wilbur House, Little Compton.

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