Marking history at the Knightsville Gazebo
Last week, Mayor Allan Fung was joined by Ed Garcia of the Cranston Public Library, Sandra Moyer of the Cranston Historical Society, Councilman Chris Paplauskas, and Chris Barnett of the Rhode Island Foundation at the Knightsville Gazebo to celebrate a new sign and bring attention to the growing Cranston Discovery Network and walkable history tour.
The project was a collaborative effort between the city, the Cranston Historical Society, the Cranston Public Library and the Rhode Island Foundation, which provided a $15,000 grant to make the project possible.
“I’m very proud of the joint effort between the city, the Cranston Historical Society and the Rhode Island Foundation to expand the Cranston Discovery Network,” said Fung.
The Cranston Discovery Network, launched earlier this year, has already placed an historical marker in front of Sprague Mansion, Joy Homestead, Cranston Print Works, Knightsville (at the Gazebo), and churches near St. Anne's. These feature things like the Sprague murders and at the Oaklawn Library.
“These signs are a great way for residents and visitors alike to learn about Cranston’s fascinating history and connect with the past,” said Fung. “As we continue to expand the network, I encourage people to explore our city and discover how our community has grown and changed over time. When we study our history, we become more connected and invested in the place we call home.”
“There are 4 more signs in progress for the Oaklawn neighborhood,” added Ed Garcia, who is the Director of Cranston Libraries and a member of the Cranston Discovery Network.