A unique blend of big city amenities and small town charm, Providence is home to critically acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts community, and world-class universities.
Located between New York City and Boston, Providence is easily accessible for event attendees. For those flying into Providence, Warwick's T. F. Green Airport is just a short, 10-minute drive from downtown. A new Interlink transportation system allows for scheduled rail service from the airport to Providence and Boston. The Amtrak train station is located within walking distance of the Convention Center.
Providence offers one of the largest concentrations of registered historic landmarks in the country. Structures of note include the Rhode Island State House, The Arcade, the John Brown House, and the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America (all open to the public year-round), as well as the scores of immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian houses located throughout the city. The Independence Trail is a 2.5-mile self-guided walking tour that identifies and educates about historic landmarks throughout downtown.
The Rhode Island Historical Society's library at 121 Hope Street, Providence, holds the third-largest genealogical collection in New England and attracts thousands of researchers from all over the world every year. Printed items exceed 150,000 volumes, including the pre-eminent collection of pre-1800 Rhode Island imprints. The collection includes: microfilms of almost every newspaper published in Rhode Island from 1732 to the present, the Rhode Island Cemetery Database, a comprehensive collection of city directories, a complete set of federal censuses of Rhode Island (1790-1930), Rhode Island state censuses for 1865, 1875, and 1885, and a subscription to the AncestryPlus website.
The Rhode Island State Archives holdings of historical records, dating from 1638 to the present, are available to the public for research at 337 Westminster Street, Providence.
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