From the first Providence building with electricity, to the first steam engine, to a revolutionary watch band, to today’s medical breakthroughs, the story of the Jewelry District is a story of new ideas. Join Jewelry District resident and neighborhood historian, Olin Thompson, for a two-hour guided walking tour of the neighborhood.  Participants will discuss the past, the present and the future of the neighborhood adjacent to our Citys Downtown Arts District while they learn about its significant buildings and architecture, as well as the people who brought these assets to life. From Mayors to business owners to factory workers, the District has been a hot spot for innovation for over 100 years. Research for this tour was conducted by Dr. Dietrich Neumann of Brown University’s History of Art and Architecture Department.

DATE Wednesday, June 5, 2019

TIME 12:00PM – 2:00PM

PLACE corner of Richmond and Ship Streets

Tour Guide Bio

A long-term resident of Providence and the Jewelry District, tour guide Olin Thompson has an affinity for local history and storytelling.  As retired executive from the computer software industry, he is deeply involved in the Jewelry District Association and the quality of life and economic development initiatives taking place in the Jewelry District and its surrounding neighborhoods.
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