About the RI Heritage Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame was founded in March 1965 to honor the contributions of those whose efforts, in any line of endeavor, have added significantly to the heritage of the State of Rhode Island. Eligible membership may include those who are native born, those whose reputations have been made while residents of the state, and those who have adopted Rhode Island as their permanent home.

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame is a partner organization of the Heritage Harbor Museum. Upon the Museum's opening in 2013, inductees' portraits will become part of a permanent Hall of Fame exhibit honoring their accomplishments.

Nominations for future inductees may be submitted, along with biographical sketches and letters of recommendation, to any of the Hall of Fame's directors via email.

Learn more about us and our mission >

For books on Rhode Island history, visit The Rhode Island Publications Society >

Featured Inductee

Captain William Henry Allen Captain William Henry Allen (1784 - 1813)
Inducted 2013

Far less known than Rhode Island’s Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the September 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, Captain William Henry Allen was no less daring and courageous. He was born in Providence on October 21, 1784, the son of Sarah Jones, sister of Governor William Jones, and Major William Allen of Providence, a distinguished Revolutionary War soldier, later a brigadier general of militia and sheriff of Providence County. 

Little is known of Captain Allen’s education, but his surviving journals and letters show a skilled penman and artist whose sketches in his writings were well executed. Allen wanted a naval career, so his influential parents, despite serious misgivings, prevailed upon U.  more >
More Inductees from 2013>

 

Donate to the RIHHOF
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the RI Heritage Hall of Fame, a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Click here for our mailing address.

Search Inductees
Browse through our collection of 600+ amazing Rhode Islanders:

Search by Name or Keyword:



Browse Years of Induction:

 

Area of Accomplishment:

African Americans | Agriculture / Farming | Architects & Designers | Artists & Painters | Banking / Finance | Business / Entrepreneurs | Civic Leaders | Civil Engineer | Civil Rights / Abolitionists | Craftsmen | Criminals / Rogues | Dance | Econonomics / Theory | Education & Universities | Entertainment Development | Explorers & Adventurers | Famous RI Families | Food / Culinary | Founders of Rhode Island | Government & Politics |  MORE>




Aronson

Corcoran

Goff

Hassenfeld

Hutchinson

Spacagna

Salesses