Remembering a lost neighborhood: An Oral History of Lippitt Hill at Providence Public Library

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cover photo sourced from Rhode Island College’s Chet Smolski Collection

“It is extremely important to record this history from the people who lived, worked, and played on Lippitt Hill,” Ray Rickman, project director, said, “before it is lost.”

Under a special grant from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, STAGES OF FREEDOM, a Providence-based nonprofit, is conducting interviews to collect oral histories from former residents of the Lippitt Hill neighborhood on the East Side of Providence, which was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the University Heights apartment and shopping complex.

Following the standing-room-only first round of interviews in June, a second series of oral history interviews will be conducted with former residents of Lippitt Hill on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 p.m. at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street.

The event is free and the public is invited to observe.

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