An Adult Learning Exchange


Hamilton House welcomes you with great pleasure. As a member, you will enjoy many unique experiences, benefits, and associations with other members interested in exploring life long learning, social activities, cultural events, museums, concerts, and lectures in a community of mature adults. Many of our members find that Hamilton House membership is an outstanding way to launch their retirement.

About Us

Hamilton House, Adult Learning Exchange, is located on Providence’s East Side in a French Chateau style home listed on the National Register. It is a generous and elegant setting where new friendships are formed and old friendships flourish. Hamilton House is a self-supporting, nonprofit 501 c-3 charitable organization, offering many educational and cultural advantages. Members have opportunities for self-enrichment in a creative, convivial environment.

Recent and current class offerings have presented poetry, short stories, theater scene reading, film series, watercolor painting, oil painting, book club, cooking classes, wellness and exercise programs, green energy presentations, visits to prominent Italian museums, languages, American opera, and the use of technology. Professional presentations relating to social issues, health, the humanities, and other facets of contemporary life are also important aspects of our programming.

Please visit Hamilton House to experience our setting and become aware of all that we offer. There is something unique about Hamilton House that can’t be put into words. Find out for yourself – you are always welcome here.

Our Operating Team

Meet our Executive Director: Kerry Altman

Kerry Altman Executive Director Hamilton House

I joined Hamilton House as Executive Director in May 2021. Prior to that my professional experience included serving as brand manager at various corporations and financial institutions as well as leading the academic enrichment centers at several Rhode Island high schools. When not at Hamilton House, I enjoy gardening, film, theater, museums, and travel. I find joy in the performing arts; it is a part of my family’s history. Hamilton House promotes life enhancement. To this our members bring energy, curiosity, insight, and their love of life. Learning and social interaction thrives. It is a wonderful equation and I am rewarded each day by members who share their ideas, friendship, and life experiences.

Hamilton House Board of Directors and Members


President – Sylvia Danforth

Treasurer – Ann-Marie Quinn

Secretary – Robin Lansinger


Jane Adler

Elissa Arffa

Thomas Bain

Jerry Deschepper

Ann Diver Diehl

Cecil Hickman

John Lord

Vincent Messina II

Operating Committees

The richness of Hamilton House is derived from its members, their interests and passions. The members share their love of learning as well as talents, supporting core operations and much more.

Finance Committee Chair, Ann-Marie Quinn

Marketing Committee Chair, Jane Adler

Membership Committee Chair, Sylvia Danforth

Program Committee Chair, Elissa Arffa

Property Committee Chair, Rick Sasse

Social Events Committee Chair, John Lord

Travel Committee Chair, Gail Romanovich

What Members are Saying:

Hamilton House Member Watercolor Painting - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“Where else can I enjoy opera, poetry, painting, Shakespeare, learn a new language, and take a yoga class all in one place in one week.”

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“Hamilton House is unique. I don’t know of any other place that has educational classes and the social aspect.”

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“The images from the written words, crossing the generation line is mutually beneficial to the young, enthusiastic group of students and to us at Hamilton House who still want to learn.”

Hamilton House Intergenerational Meetings - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“It has been a delight to participate in the sharing of ideas with these bright School One students. Their perspective has made the book club discussions refreshing and challenging.”

Hamilton House Member - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“Hamilton House keeps me energized!”

Hamilton House Members - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“At Hamilton House I participate in the upkeep of the gardens which added a lovely brick patio this year.”

Hamilton House Members - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“Actualizing our fullest potential at this time of our lives.”

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“I love the shared memories and wealth of knowledge of people. The variety of people always makes things interesting.”

Hamilton House Member - Adult Learning in Providence, RI

“I started with an art class and soon discovered other classes. I have made friends and now am deeply enmeshed.”

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“For me it is the friendly atmosphere and variety of classes.”

Ways to Give

Use our Direct Form or PayPal to make payments for:

– Donations
– Memorials
– Membership Dues
– Annual Giving Campaign
– Support for our Educational Programs

While we hope people will choose to leave assets to Hamilton House through their wills or estate plans, you can support Hamilton House now! All you need is a wealth of spirit. Consider a financial gift and remember loved ones with a memorial gift or in honor of a birthday.


Just call or email and a member of our staff or a volunteer will gladly meet with you, provide more details and a tour of our building. We invite you to visit several of our classes as our guest.

Annual Membership dues: 

Individual: $225
Couple : $325

We accept pledges for quarterly or bi-annual dues payments. Hamilton House also provides scholarships through grant funding for low income seniors.

We accept registration online or a check payable to Hamilton House.

Contact us

Please call or send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.