Thank you so much to all of the teachers who participated in our events during Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!

Congratulations to the winners of our raffles:

Free AVI Walking tour for up to 50 students ($150 value) – Maureen McGuirl, 7/8th grade teacher at Lawn School in Jamestown
Free Add-on at MWOC for up to 50 students ($150 value) – Susan Zoll, professor at RIC
Free Librarian visit ($50 value)  – Stacey Maselli Dalpe, Special Education teacher at Lincoln High School
Free RIHS What Cheer level membership ($55 value) – Samantha Possemato, ELA teacher at Tiverton Schools


All week we will be offering special events at our locations.

While registration is required for our events, all week long, teachers can enjoy FREE admission to our sites for themselves & up to 4 family members, as well as a 20% discount on all gift shop items. In addition, educators can also become RIHS members (with full membership benefits) and save 25% off any membership level.


Monday, August 7

9:30am, Robinson Research Center (121 Hope Street, Providence)

Research Center Orientation

Join RIHS Librarians for an orientation to our Robinson Research Center and our rich collections. Teachers will learn about resources available and discover how our manuscripts, print, and graphics collections can enhance lessons and bring history into the classroom. We will also discuss how the Research Center can support students working on projects such as National History Day.

Limited to 15 registered teachers.

Tuesday, August 8

10am Session, RI Teacher Fest

Think Like a Historian

Join Geralyn Ducady, Director, Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs & Sarah Carr, Education & Program Manager at the Museum of Work & Culture for an interactive session in which they review strategies teachers can utilize in their classrooms to help students relate to historical themes through interaction with historical objects and primary sources. They will demonstrate how the use of primary sources and artifacts in teaching allows students to actively engage with history and learn to “think like historians,” use evidence in their arguments, think critically, and build 21st Century Skills.

Teachers should register at

Wednesday, August 9

9:30-11:30am, Aldrich House (110 Benevolent Street, Providence)

“Helping History & Heritage Happen” Meet & Greet

During this networking opportunity, teachers and folks from Rhode Island’s many history, heritage and cultural sites and museums can interact and learn from one another. Teachers can learn how they can connect to opportunities and resources provided by many of RI’s cultural heritage sites. Representatives from each site will be present to answer questions and provide brochures and materials to learn more. Those from RI’s history and heritage sites and museums will learn how they can better provide what teachers are looking for to supplement their curriculum in providing meaningful experiences for their students. Light refreshments.

Thursday, August 10

10amMuseum of Work & Culture (42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket)

All-Ability & Hands-on Education Programs

Discover more about the Society’s “Best of Rhode Island” award-winning All-Ability programming. Learn how the Museum uses adjusted sensory elements, touch objects, specially developed tools, and trained guides to create a supportive atmosphere that reflects the needs of all visitors. Then, take a guided tour of the Museum and learn more about all of our educational offerings including outdoor tours, living history plays, hands-on activities, and French language guides.

Friday, August 11

9:30am, John Brown House (52 Power Street, Providence)

John Brown House Tour

Join us at the John Brown House for refreshments and an info session on field trip options, lesson plans, and museum resources to educators. After the info session, teachers can take a brief tour of the John Brown House, and , at 11am, educators  can go on either a FREE “Avi’s Something Upstairs” walking tour or a FREE “Benefit Street: A Mile of History” walking tour to get a sample of what we can offer students.  


Event Registration

Registration is required for our special events. Please take a moment to fill out our registration form to note which events you plan to attend. You will receive an email confirming your registration within 48-hours.


All teachers who register & attend any of our events will be entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

A FREE Avi Walking Tour ($150 value): Step back in time and explore the streets of Providence through the lens of Avi’s Something Upstairs. Students will learn about life in 1800, Rhode Island’s involvement in the slave trade, and the traits of historic fiction. Limit one field trip with a maximum of 50 students.

A FREE add-on for a Museum of Work & Culture Tour ($150 value): Select a free outdoor tour, living history presentation, or hands-on activity for your students to enjoy during a field trip to the Museum. Limit one field trip with a maximum of 50 students.

A FREE librarian visit ($50 value): An RIHS librarian will work with you to develop a customized classroom visit. This can include discussion of a specific theme/topic relevant to your curriculum; Information and archival literacy skills such as the use of primary sources, document analysis, critical thinking, and research skills.

A FREE RIHS membership ($55 value): RIHS members enjoy free admission to RIHS museums, research center, special discounts on book store items, free admission to the Concerts Under the Elms, and discounted admission to special events.

Each teacher will receive one entry per event attended (maximum five entries). All prizes must be redeemed by June 30, 2018.

RIHS Sites

John Brown House

52 Power Street, Providence

Tuesday-Friday: 1pm – 4pm; Saturdays: 10am – 4pm

Let us bring Rhode Island’s long and fascinating history to life for your students at the John Brown House Museum. The John Brown house was built in 1788 for merchant, patriot, politician, and slave trader John Brown. He and his family were some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the state. In fact, Brown University was named for John Brown’s nephew, industrialist and philanthropist Nicholas Brown. Walk through this house in the steps of famous figures like George Washington and Abigail Adams, as well as the people who lived and worked in this space making this house a home, confronting the issues of the day in the new nation.

Museum of Work & Culture

42 South Main Street, Woonsocket

Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am – 4pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 1pm-4pm

Dedicated to sharing the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns, the Museum of Work & Culture’s exhibits allow visitors to imagine themselves in the position of these industrious immigrants. Whether it is the journey from a nineteenth-century farmhouse to the floor of a textile mill or becoming immersed in early twentieth century culture in a triple-decker parlor, parochial classroom, or union hall, the Museum is sure to bring history to life for visitors of all ages.

Robinson Research Center

121 Hope Street, Providence

Wednesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm

At the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center (RRC), visitors can gain valuable experience working with RIHS’s vast collection of printed items, manuscripts and graphics. They can read through the original diaries written by RI residents or examine old pictures of RI to see firsthand the dramatic changes in the state’s skyline. As visitors use RIHS collection, they will not only  learn strategies for researching in archives and handling primary sources, but also develop a deeper connection to their local history.


Have questions? We are happy to answer them!