FREE Field Trips for Rhode Island Public Schools
Rhode Island public school teachers can book free field trips (transportation included!) to the Rhode Island State House for programming provided by the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, Rhode Island State Archives, Roger Williams National Memorial and the Tomaquag Museum.
Field trip curriculum is adaptable by age, for grades 3-12. Reservations are first-come, first-served for 2-hour morning and afternoon time slots. Priority will be given to Title I schools for transportation funding. Complete and submit an application to reserve your spot today.
Perspectives of Early Rhode Island History
This program will focus on 17th century Rhode Island history with special attention to different perspectives on Rhode Island’s founding. 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. Each session 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.
RHODE ISLAND STATE HOUSE CHARTER MUSEUM : RANGER JOHN MCNIFF
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.
RHODE ISLAND STATE HOUSE LIBRARY : LANE SPARKMAN
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.
RHODE ISLAND SENATE LOUNGE : LORÉN SPEARS
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.