- During the spring and fall seasons, the Society presents speakers on
various preservation or historical topics.
View past programs.
Foster Preservation Society
has promoted the identification of homes and buildings, some of which are
listed in the State and/or National Register of Historic Places, and others
which may not be on the National Register but have local importance.
These buildings are awarded plaques which bear the name of the original
owner and date the house was built.
To apply for a
Foster Preservation Society plaque, access the
"Guidelines" and "Application" at the links shown below. Please feel free to contact us at
for more information.
Plaque Program Guidelines
Between 2011 and 2015, the Society conducted a survey of Foster's 153 historic cemeteries.
This survey allows you to see
details, GPS coordinates, and photos of each historical cemetery located in
Foster, Rhode Island. The survey is an ongoing project which will be
updated regularly until the database of all historical cemeteries is
complete. Click on the link below for details:
Foster Preservation Society Historical Cemetery Survey
More info can be found about Foster cemeteries on our "Resources
and Links page"
and at the survey link which appears below.
We also sponsor periodic clean-ups by our members or with other local groups
such as the Boy Scouts.
FPS is replacing Historic Cemetery
As the FPS Historical Cemetery survey progresses, one
of our goals is to try to replace all of the signs that are
damaged or have gone missing. We've had the new signs made and still
have 40+ signs to be installed. If you can do even one sign it would
be a big help. Please contact Ed Robinson by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if interested in assisting with sign installation.
Click on the link below to connect to a spreadsheet showing the list
of signs, the ones highlighted in orange have already been
installed. The column on the right is an estimate of difficulty in
reaching or installing the sign:
demonstrations of the blacksmith's trade are presented during school tours,
occasionally throughout the year, and always
Old Home Days celebration on the last
weekend of the month of July.
- The Society offers educational tours to students and adult tours on
an occasional basis. Each year Society members provided a guided tour
of the own of Foster to students of the Captain Isaac Paine School, see
photo to the right. > > > > > >
2006, 2008, and 2010 the Society organized a "Barn Tour"
which gave attendees an inside look at many of the historic barns and
associated farm structures in the Town of Foster.
In 2012, the society is planning an
Historic Cemetery Tour during the month of September, please see our
page for more information.
Please feel free to
contact us at the phone number or email listed below
for information about arranging a tour of an historic district for your club
- Our members worked on and completed
the research required to have the four historic districts in Foster listed
in the National Register of Historic Places, the four districts are:
Moosup Valley and
There remain individual properties
located throughout town that have been
deemed eligible for nomination to the national Register pending additional research.
- From time to time, the Society presents or co-sponsors a regional cultural