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On Thursday, the eighth of June, 2017, Bethany Home of Rhode Island celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary of Community Service and Support. The celebration was held at the Bethany Home campus which is located at 111 South Angell Street on the East Side of Providence.
Special Guests for the celebration were Clara Barton impersonator Sheryl Faye and Col. Ron Barnes of The Pawtuxet Rangers.
Clara Barton was the third cousin of the founder of Bethany Home; Mary Ellen Learned Brown. You can learn more about the history of the founding of Bethany Home here.
The Guest Speaker was RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. In his speech he lauded the importance of Bethany Home in the history of Providence and the resilience and fortitude shown by our Founding Mothers & Fathers. At the same time, he praised Bethany Home for it’s innovation and “always moving forward” mind-set as we move into the future. Elected officials have always played a role in supporting Bethany Home; our very first President was the 43rd Governor of Rhode Island, Daniel Russell Brown.
We also had the honor of having three generations of the owner of the original home, Stephen Decatur Andrews, celebrate with us. The home at 111 South Angell Street was purchased on June 14, 1893 and was dedicated on November 23, 1893 as “Bethany Home of Rhode Island”.
Thanks to our Sponsors, donors & supporters we were able to raise over $10,000.00 in celebration of our 125th Year! Here’s to the future of Bethany Home of Rhode Island!