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.

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Featured Inductee

Dr.Solomon Drowne Dr.Solomon Drowne (1753 - 1834)
Inducted 2000

Dr. Solomon Drowne and Senator Theodore Foster (1752-1828), friends from their student days at Brown, collaborated in a fascinating way to shape the early history of the town of Foster.  Set off from Scituate in 1781 and named for Theodore Foster, this western Rhode Island community became the home of both men when physician Drowne returned to Rhode Island from his far-flung travels in 1801 and Foster left the United States Senate in 1803.  Both men had long talked of establishing themselves in a setting conducive to contemplating and pursuing their respective professional interests in an idyllic rural retreat.  more >
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