Centredale history will be the topic at Dec. 4 talk

Centredale history will be the topic at Dec. 4 talk

A portion of the 1984 Our Town quilt that will be on display at the Dec. 4 history presentation.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Ruth Bucci, of the North Providence Historic District Commission, is planning a visual presentation and talk about the history of Centredale at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10:30 a.m.

The presentation is based on the Centredale History Walk, said Bucci, and follows the route that begins at the Frank C. Angell Memorial Town Hall and winds through the village. It mirrors the themes of the Centredale History Walk.

As an added bonus, the award-winning North Providence Our Town historical quilt will be on display. The quilt was made in 1984 by members of the North Providence Senior Center quilting class, with instructor Elaine Vota.

“I am happy to bring the Centredale History Walk Presentation to the seniors of North Providence,” said Bucci in a release. “It has been exciting and so much fun for the past few years to learn more about the history of Centredale and to share it through history walks with family, friends, the public, and students from Centredale School and Stephen Olney School.”

The tour includes photos of Centredale historic structures as well as photos of men and women of Centredale from the past. Attendees will hear facts and legends about the people of Centredale who created a community and gave the town its schools, libraries, churches, post offices, businesses, industry, entertainment, hospitality, and military service.

The 15 seniors who made the historical town quilt were Bess Bogasian, Jean Borogine, Theresa Canale, Mildred DeRuose, Rose Forte, Mary Grenier, Tess Heaney, Milly Kelly, Harriet Levy, Dorothy Parenteau, Demetra Poniaros, Valia Rawcliffe, Pat Scorpio, Evely Schneider, and Margaret Sanzara. The original drawings for the quilt were by the late artist Vincent H. Dexter, who was the earlier North Providence town historian. His designs were embroidered on the quilt panels.

The quilt was chosen to represent the state of Rhode Island at an exhibition at the National Council on Aging Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., in 1984. Later, it was on display for many years at the North Providence Library but has been in storage for some time.

The Our Town quilt depicts North Providence from 1700 to1907. Embroidered squares show the Baptist Meeting House (1830), the First Schoolhouse (1802-1805), the Methodist Church (1897), Centredale Mill (1875), Birthplace of Frank C. Angell (March 9, 1845), the Second School House (1848), the Union Library (1870), North Providence Seal (1765), Town Hall (1879), house built by the state for Jacob Goff, keeper of the powder mill (1779-1902), the first house in Centredale (1700-1701) Epenetus Olney, 1st Livery Stable (1831), St. Lawrence Church (1907), Centredale School third school, and St. Alban’s Church (1899).

“I spoke with Elaine Vota, who currently teaches quilting at the Mancini Center, and she suggested that I display the quilt at the Centredale History Walk Presentation,” said Bucci. “When I saw the quilt, I was elated.”