The main focus of the Public Heritage Institute is to bring together students and faculty from different fields who are dedicated to a common goal: making history relevant and well received in contemporary culture. Our goal is to work with local agencies including historical societies, cultural organizations, museums, and cultural resource management companies to help share historical and cultural research. Using the methods of ethnohistory, we seek out "the backyard exotic" through a study of oral and written material, folklore, legend, religious, social, and culture history.
The Public Heritage Institute (PHI) is a non-profit research and teaching organization that was founded by Dr. Raffaele Florio in 2006 in Rhode Island. In 2007, PHI was institutionalized at the Community College of Rhode Island in collaboration with Rhode Island College and Salve Regina University. Under the leadership of Dr. Florio, the Public Heritage Institute moved to Regis College in 2009.