Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and the Rhode Island State Archives are excited to welcome the public into the new Archives location at 33 Broad Street in Providence on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning today. To celebrate this reopening, Secretary Gorbea and the Archives have scheduled a series of in-person events throughout the summer.

“In addition to vastly improving the preservation of Rhode Island’s historic treasures, the new State Archives location also provides much better public access to these items with a large exhibition space,” said Secretary Gorbea. “So, it’s incredibly exciting to be able to utilize this area and welcome Rhode Islanders into our new home.”

The first event is an open house for an exhibit titled “Treasures Rediscovered,” which will be held this Thursday, June 3, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit highlights unique items uncovered during the relocation of the State Archives in the summer of 2020.

Also on Thursday, June 3, Rhode Islanders can tour the Archives’ new and improved vault space. This behind-the-scenes tour allows visitors to see how Rhode Island’s historic treasures are preserved for generations to come in a climate-controlled environment that meets national archival standards. Visitors are required to register ahead of time for a vault tour. Tour groups will be limited to 5 individuals per time slot.  

Masks and a temperature check are required to enter the State Archives, as visitors will not be asked their vaccination status. Off-street parking is available. Please contact the State Archives with additional questions at statearchives@sos.ri.gov

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.