Legislative grant supports Johnston Historical Society


Perhaps a recent check-passing ceremony was an example of the many different ways state Rep. Deborah Fellela has helped important nonprofits such as the Johnston Historical Society.

With old man weather providing a glorious backdrop of sun and a slight breeze, Fellela – who was accompanied by Town Council President Robert V. Russo – presented JHS President Elise Carlson an envelope that contained a $1,000 Rhode Island Legislative Grant she obtained for the highly active historical organization.

The grant, as a JHS volunteer offered, will be used to paint the Elijah Angell House, circa 1825, that sits on the nonprofit’s picturesque property located at 101 Putnam Pike and adjacent to the award-winning designed Museum Barn.

The Elijah Angell House was reportedly last painted in 2014 when the JHS obtained a grant from the Champlin Foundation.

“I was really happy to obtain another grant for the Historical Society,” Fellela told the Sun Rise. “This is an important group, made up of all dedicated volunteers, who take pride in maintaining and promoting the history of Johnston.”

Moreover, it was the fourth time in as many years that Fellela has secured the grant.

“I’m always happy to our community,” Fellela said. “This organization helps the town in so many ways, especially with all the historical cemeteries their volunteers clean and keep looking neat for the town.”

Meanwhile, Russo offered: “It has been a pleasure working with Rep. Fellela over the years; she is a hard worker and responsive to her constituents. The Johnston Historical Society is a wonderful asset to the town and obtaining grants to help defray expenses is extremely important to the success and longevity of the society.”

Doug Jeffrey, the long-serving chief of staff for Mayor Joseph Polisena, wanted it known: “Deb has worked extremely close with the mayor and has truly delivered for our community. She has been a champion in so many ways as deputy majority leader at the State House and this is another example of how she has helped the town in her tenure as a state representative.”

After which Russo explained that he and Fellela are working on getting a possible donation of concrete that would create a permanent walkway to the Museum Barn and make entry to the Museum Barn more accessible to members and visitors, especially senior citizens and those with mobility limitations.

The Museum Bar is open Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Persons who’d like more information – or would like to become member – should call (401) 231-3880.


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