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

Frankie Carle Frankie Carle (1903 - 2001)
Inducted 1968

Mr. Carle, a native of Providence who became world famous as a pianist and composer, began studying the piano at the age of 5, and wrote his first song at age 13. He was the author of "Sunrise Serenade", "Falling Leaves", and "Lover's Lullaby".

Born born Francis Nunzio Carlone on March 25, 1903 to a factory owner father who couldn't afford a piano, Frankie was taught to play by his pianist uncle on a dummy keyboard and later practiced on a broken-down instrument he found at a dance hall.  more >
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