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.
The story of Roger Williams in New England is a well-known aspect of the founding of the United States. What is often left out from the tale is what it was like for Roger to grow up in England, be educated there, and the forces that led him to leave his native land for a so-called New World. By piecing together what we know about Williams, and what we know about England in the early 17th century, Roger Williams (portrayed by John McNiff) will relate his adventures in England prior to coming across the ocean to this land.
Date & Time
Tue, Jan 30, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM