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RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

Posted: 13 Nov 2004 6:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Aug 2005 5:55PM GMT
Hello Everyone,
I am looking for any residents and / or staff that lived and worked at the RI State Home - O'Roarke Center. There is a project underway to help preserve the history of the people that where there and the place itself. Most of the State Home has now been absorbed into Rhode Island College but there is still a few buildings remaining. Those are the Foreman House, the boiler / laundry room and one of the cottages. It is hoped that the cottage will be turned into a museum / resource center. We must not let the children that went through here be lost. Their story's and history's should be recorded and preserved so that they are never forgotten. Please if anyone either worked there or lived there please post a reply to this board and I will answer as soon as possible.
Thank You.

Re: RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

Sheila Hunt (View posts)
Posted: 6 Dec 2004 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
I lived at the children's center in 1971-1972. Are you still looking for information/stories?
Sheila (Casey) Hunt

Re: RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

Posted: 11 Dec 2004 3:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Aug 2005 5:55PM GMT
Hello Sheila,
Yes, the Project is always looking to find and be in contact with any and all former residents. The people involved in this project are very nice and considerate of your feelings and wishes. They do not want any of the children that were at the Home/Center to be forgotten. I am going to paste info here for you that will help you get in contact with the project people.

To learn more about the project contact Patricia Nolin, Sesquicentennial Coordinator, call (401) 456-9854, or email pnolin@ric.edu
For DCYF official records contact Richard Hillman at richard.hillman@dcfy.ri.gov (email) or 401-528-3467 (phone).
To contribute to the oral history project contact Diane Martell at dmartell@ric.edu (email) or 401-456-8628 (phone)

http://www.ric.edu/statehomeandschool/resources.html
This web site was developed to inform people about the project and is very interesting. I hope this helps you. Please feel free to write back to me. Have a great weekend
Denise

Re: Orphanages in Rhode Island

Posted: 11 Jan 2005 10:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Mar 2005 6:33PM GMT
I have seen a few postings here from my friend Denise who has been working on the Children's Center and the State Home and School project. I am a professor at Rhode Island writing a book about the history of child welfare in the state and have been collecting information on all the state's private and public orphanages, infant asylums, and shelters. These institutions include the Providence Shelter for Colored Children, St Vincent's Infant Asylum, the Home for Friendless Children, the Bristol Chiildren's Home, Mercy Home and School, St. Aloysius, and many many more. I have received some funding to do some oral history interviews with individuals who were former residents or staff or directors of these institutions. I also have some information on these institutions that may be helpful. I don't have access to individual records but I could direct individuals to places that may be helpful.
Sandra Enos

Re: RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

Posted: 11 Jan 2005 10:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Mar 2005 6:33PM GMT
Dear Sheila,
I am a researcher at Rhode Island College in the middle of an oral history project that we are doing with former residents and we would be very interested in your story. We have interviewed about 30 people so far, some of whom were at the Children's Center in the 1920s.
If you would like, I could send information on the oral history project.
Sandra

Re: Orphanages in Rhode Island

Posted: 14 Jan 2005 10:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Aug 2005 5:55PM GMT
Sandra my Friend you have found me out. LOL I am sorry that I did not include you in my e-mail to Sheila. I didn't because I just included the e-mail addresses that were posted on the State Home web site. I do not like to give out peoples e-mail addys without their permission. I figured that if Sheila got in touch with anyone from the project that you would be apprised of it. I hope that more people will see this message and will reply. As you, above most know, it is so important that their stories be told and for them to know that no matter what they still have family out there, the State Home family!
Mom was so excited to see the article in the ProJo about the Yellow Cottage receiving funds and what is planned for it. I will close for now. Hope to see you soon.
Denise

Re: Orphanages in Rhode Island

Posted: 18 Jan 2005 12:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Mar 2005 6:33PM GMT
Denise, I was delighted to learn about this service and would love to post other notices about the SH&S project and the other research I am doing on the other orphanages. We are moving along slowly in our work but hope to have another public gathering soon. And, I hope we see each other soon. I am interviewing a few more people in the coming weeks and every one has something new to say.
All my best,
Sandra

Re: RI State Home and Orphanage - O'Roarke Childrens Center

Bill (View posts)
Posted: 2 Apr 2005 1:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was at the children center for most of my life, my sister was there for roughly 5 years. I went in at about 3-5 yrs old and left when i was 18 yrs old. When I went in I lived at the old Hospitol cottage as it was called. I am looking for info on the center.

Re: Orphanages in Rhode Island

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 3:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Perhaps your book, if not published already, could cite my booklet titled, "Rhode Island Bibliography of Adoption and Child Welfare."

It has 153 entries at this time, but all of my booklets are continuously updated. Here is entry 63, selected at random :

Rhode Island Directory of Human Service Agencies. <1999/01> [Providence]: Travelers Aid Society of Rhode Island, 19__-__. __ vols. Bi-annual. Other titles: Directory of Human Services & Government Agencies. Rhode Island Directory of Human Services & Government Agencies. (Administrative agencies--Rhode Island--Directories) (Public welfare--Rhode Island--Directories) (Social service--Rhode Island--Directories) (Travelers Aid Society of Rhode Island). Continues: Council for Community Services, Providence, RI. Directory of Human Service Agencies in Rhode Island (q.v.)

Reg Niles

Re: Orphanages in Rhode Island

Sandra Enos (View posts)
Posted: 21 Jul 2005 9:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Is your booklet available? I would like to see more and link it to other projecs I am working in this area.
Sandra Enos
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