ArtInRuins is a labor of love. We are not a huge organization, we are not a giant team of volunteers, we are only a few people willing to spend the time to do the research and take the photos and design and support the website. We love what A.I.R. has become and want to see it continue. That being said, A.I.R. can only be updated in our “spare” time, and it does cost real money from time to time. So, here are some ways that you can help.

#How to Help

If money were no object we wouldn’t be asking for it. Far from being compensated for our time, our only wish is that A.I.R. could sustain itself and it’s yearly expenses — domain name ownership and server/hosting fees (around $60 per year). Here’s where you come in: if you like what you see, and you have an extra few bucks, send them our way. Why? Do it for the joy of helping your fellow history nerds and because it makes you feel good. Any amount helps out, and thanks.

Note: AIR is not – nor can we afford to become – a registered 501c3 non-profit. Please remember that your contribution is not tax-deductible, but our love will keep you warm at night.

#Send us a Gift

This is not why we do it… but if you really like ArtInRuins, we have a gift list on Amazon with some local resources, photography-related items, and graphic design things as well. If you are so inclined, something from this list would be fantastic. AND if you can get the same thing while supporting a local bookstore or shop, please do that and we’ll remove the item from my public wish list.

The history we collect here is typically cut-and-pasted from work other people have done – we won’t pretend that it isn’t. And yet, some of it is new and done for the first time. Some of it is current events and it takes keeping our ears on the ground, picking up new info, riding by to see what is going on, or getting tips from fellow snoops historians like you.

Help us grow ArtInRuins and our collection of buildings. Contribute your expertise about a building, or, contact us for a to do list of properties that we’d like more info on before we build a page for it.

We have a list of properties that need updated images! Tackle the ones towards the top of the list first so we don’t have any property still standing with images more than 10 years old, and thanks!

#People who have helped

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the following folks who have contributed in one way or another:

  • Randall Kirby, photos of Potters Hill Mill, Westerly, January 2021
  • Marian Gray, donation, December 2020
  • Larry Cultrera, Diner Hotline, and his collection of diner photos through the years
  • Bruce Remick, fact-checking on Crescent Park and Vanity Fair, and his resource “Rhode Island: Riverside’s Historic Shore Resorts and Hotels”
  • R Stoermer, donation, August 2020
  • Roland Lavallee, 32 (!) donations from 2008–2015