Extra and Ordinary: Overlooked Stories of Extraordinary Women Smithsonian Traveling Trunk Activity

  • February 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The John Brown House Museum

    52 Power Street
    Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Ticket Price Free This event is now over

The Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, will host a free Smithsonian Traveling Trunk family activity on Wednesday, February 21 at 11 am.

Led by museum educators, Extra and Ordinary: Overlooked Stories of Extraordinary Women is a multimedia activity narrated by a fictional archivist tasked with researching for a new exhibit. Participants will delve into the archivist's research - recreated letters, pictures, and objects from the Smithsonian collection -  about twenty women living from 1785-2013 in the United States. Some of their stories are extraordinary, while others celebrate the strength of the everyday. This trunk gives learners the opportunity to consider why history remembers certain people and overlooks others. Through this trunk, learners will take into account the role of museums, archives, and exhibits in telling national stories and evaluate the impact of seeing a variety of stories in our nation's museums.

Traveling Trunks is a new middle-school-level resource-lending program from the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. These multimedia library kits are packed with resources from across the Smithsonian Institution that deliver immersive experiences. This program is designed for students grades 8-12 or older elementary students with parental assistance. 

Space is limited to 20 participants and early registration is strongly encouraged. 

Date & Time

Wed, Feb 21, 2024 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue Details

The John Brown House Museum

52 Power Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906 The John Brown House Museum
Rhode Island Historical Society

The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st  -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.

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