Off-season (October-May) Paradise School only will be open Wednesdays from 9:30am until 11:00am.  Our other properties may be toured by appointment only.

February 12 - Paradise School - 2:00pm

Mabel Norman and the Cultural Landscape Legacy of Paradise Farm with Tanya Kelley

Mabel Norman Cerio’s life and legacy of natural and cultural stewardship continue to play a role in the shaping of Paradise Farm and the Norman Bird Sanctuary

Please join us for an interesting afternoon lecture on the life and legacy of this remarkable artist and philantropist with Tanya Kelly of  PLACEstudio Landscape Design located in Newport

Tanya has over 20 years of experience in civic and community engagement, residential and institutional design, urban design and planning, park design, campus planning, and cultural landscape preservation, in the United States, China and Africa. Tanya’s practice is committed to design education and she has been an adjunct faculty member at The Boston Architectural College and the University of Rhode Island in the Department Landscape Architecture. She has also been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Tanya recently presented her lecture, Strategies for a Diverse and Vibrant Newport Harbor, at the University of Connecticut Sea Grant and presented two lectures on planting strategies for architects at Roger Williams University’s, Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation School. In 2015 Tanya spoke about her design work at Designxri, RI Design Week, and presented her research, Newport’s Historic Beech Trees, Collection and Stewardship, to the Poetics of Plant Design Colloquium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Other Interesting Talks in this Series

March 12 - Paradise School - 2:00pm
Farmscapes to Country Estates: A Survey of Middletown's Historic Resources with Kaity Ryan and Alyssa Lozupone

April 9 - Paradise School - 2:00pm
From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution with Author Robert Geake
May 18 - Middletown Historical Society Annual Meeting - North End Steakhouse - 5:30pm
Isaac Barker - Colonial Spy
May 21 - Paradise School - 2:00pm
Closing in on the Endeavour Bark with Dr. Kathy Abbass
The Middletown Historical Society wishes to thank The Rhode Island Foundation for their generous grant that will allow us to continue our Golden Rule Days Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Historical Research
Do you have a question about the history of Middletown, RI? Do you ever wonder what became of your third grade teacher?

If so, please contact us at and we’ll be happy to assist you.  Depending on the complexity of your request and the time required for research, a nominal fee may be charged.


Updated February 4th 2017