Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island and the 2017 SSCM Conference hosted by Providence College from 20–23 April! Providence combines the accessibility and friendliness of a small town with the culture and sophistication of a big city, with a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, outstanding hotels, a renowned restaurant scene, and many things to do.
Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets of Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island: click here for more about its founding and subsequent development. Providence is known and loved for its abundance of important historic buildings, and, in fact, 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. Visitors to Providence are also invited to experience the Independence Trail, a 2.5-mile self-guided walking tour that identifies and educates about historic landmarks throughout downtown, including the Providence Biltmore itself.
In addition to magnificent architecture, Providence offers a host of attractions for connoisseurs of the arts. The city is home to acclaimed theatre productions and orchestral music, courtesy of the Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The world-famous Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art brings culture to prominence with exhibits open to the public year-round. Other exciting entertainment options include the seasonal “Broadway” series at the Providence Performing Arts Center and numerous alternative theatre and dance productions.
For further information on the city, see www.goprovidence.com
I look forward to seeing you at the conference!
– Catherine Gordon (Local Arrangements)
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