City launches Warwick history website


Mayor Scott Avedisian has announced the creation of a new digital history project website that features a variety of information about Warwick’s rich and varied history., developed by the city’s webmaster, Robert Martin, provides a wide range of historical and cultural resources related to Warwick’s history. Visitors to the site can access a database that includes printable walking tour maps and books, weekly content updates, a digitized and transcribed version of Warwick’s original Town Charter, neighborhood histories provided by city historian and author Don D’Amato, and a historic image archive, including antique postcards.

There are also links to other resources, including area museums and local organizations. An “online exhibits” section offers information about historical cemeteries, the history of the Warwick police, Warwick resorts, and a “Rogues and Knaves” listing.

Next month, an audio archive will be fully implemented, and future “storytelling hours” at various locations will offer people the opportunity to record their memories of living and working in, or visiting, Warwick. These recordings will be archived on the website, and anyone with historical documents or images is also invited to have these items scanned and electronically archived as well.

It’s hoped that will not only provide a valuable resource to residents, students, genealogists, historians and others, but will also help to promote the city from a tourism and economic development standpoint.

“From people who helped to shape our city, state and nation to historic events that took place here, to properties that have been preserved as showcases of Warwick’s past, our community has an interesting and varied history,” Avedisian said in a statement. “I invite everyone to visit the site to learn more about the people and incidents that have helped to shape our city into the vibrant, welcoming and wonderful place it is today.”


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