The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame today announced the selection of nine prominent Rhode Islanders for membership in the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
According to Board president and 1995 inductee, Dr. Patrick T. Conley–the Hall of Fame, consisting of illustrious Rhode Islanders from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to the present–was created in 1965 to honor “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.” Such individuals, said Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here.
This year’s annual induction ceremony–the 55th–will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at The Inn at the Crossings (Crowne Plaza) in Warwick. A 5:30 p.m. social hour will be followed by a 6:15 p.m. dinner, entertainment, and the induction ceremony.
Board Vice President, Albert Beauparlant and Michael Lyons are event and dinner chairmen, and Director Steve Aveson is Master of Ceremonies. The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band and the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife and Drum Corps will open the evening’s program followed by an address delivered by Dr. Conley. Dinner music will be provided by an array of well-known local musicians.
The Inductee Class of 2019 (listed alphabetically) with their inductors (who are Hall of Fame Inductees or Directors) is as follows: