FREE Virtual "Field Trips" for Rhode Island Public Schools

We are pleased to offer Rhode Island public school teachers free programming provided by the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, Rhode Island State Archives, Roger Williams National Memorial and the Tomaquag Museum. 

Perspectives of Early Rhode Island History 

This virtual program focuses on 17th century Rhode Island history with special attention to different perspectives on Rhode Island’s founding. In the recorded video students will hear from local experts on the First Peoples of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and will examine primary sources from the Rhode Island State Archives. This virtual program and video will broaden student understanding of different interpretations of history based on who is telling the story, and the use of primary and secondary sources, and oral histories. 

Teachers may access and share the program video with their classroom and schedule a live virtual 40-minute session with the presenters featured in the video to engage in a dialogue with students and answer questions. Additional classroom resources and materials are available by request to enhance the virtual experience for students. 

Click here to request additional classroom resources and/or schedule a 40-minute live conversation in your virtual classroom with the individuals featured in the video from the Rhode Island State Archives, Roger Williams National Memorial and the Tomaquag Museum. 

Program curriculum is adaptable by age, for grades 4-12. Live conversation reservations are first-come, first-served for 40-minute time slots. Complete and submit an application to reserve your spot today. 

Perspectives of Early Rhode Island History 



Explore the Rhode Island State House Charter Museum with Ranger John McNiff of the Roger Williams National Memorial. Students will learn about Roger Williams and his ‘new and dangerous opinions’ which challenged the very foundation of government power and the relationship between church and state. Visitors will have the chance to see our Charter of 1663, a unique document for its time, whose impact we feel to this day. Learn how this document came, about and the extraordinary chain of events led to the creation of these new rules. 



The Rhode Island State Archives is the custodian of many 17th century records related to the intersection of colonial and indigenous people including laws, land deeds signed with native pictographs, and other documents.  Students will examine original and reproduction documents to better understand the conflicting interests of each group. 



Tomaquag Museum will share 17th century life of the Narragansett, Niantic and other First Nations of what would become Rhode Island. The Native educator will share the Indigenous perspective of the intersection of Indigenous and colonial life and how the history of Rhode Island is woven with the history of its First Peoples. It will include music, dance, storytelling, cultural items and Q & A.

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