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

Dr. Walter Channing Dr. Walter Channing (1786 - 1876)
Inducted 2012

 Dr. Walter Channing (April 15, 1786 - July 27, 1876) was born in Newport, the younger brother of the Reverend William Ellery Channing. Like his brother he studied at Harvard and made his career in Boston, but as a noted physician and professor of medicine. After graduating from the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania in 1809, he became Harvard’s first Professor of Obstetrics and Medical Jurisprudence and, from 1819 to 1847, the dean of its medical school.  more >
More Inductees from 2012>

 

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