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 Rhode Island Historical Society is going global this November with a fundraising trip to the United Kingdom to explore the early life of Roger Williams with John McNiff! This specialized trip will see guests walk in the footsteps of Williams and his associates (as well as other famed Rhode Island influencer Samuel Slater) as we visit Scotland, England and Wales on a 10-day adventure accompanied by Williams expert and former National Park Ranger John McNiff.
Together, we will visit and experience exclusive tours of:
*Raby Castle, the seat of Williams and Hutchinson supporter Henry Vane
*Worksop, the birthplace of Mary Williams whose father wrote the book on identifying witches in the village with the largest collection of witch marks in the UK
*Cambridge, where Williams studied at Pembroke College
*All Saint's Church, where Roger and Mary married in 1629
*London, home to Roger until he left for the colonies in 1630
*Belper, home to Samuel Slater, better known locally as "Slater the Traitor"
In addition, guests will experience Guy Fawkes Night in Edinburgh, as well as visit York, Caernarfon, Betws-y-Coed, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Learn more about this exciting opportunity on Tuesday, February 13 at 6pm with an information session at the Aldrich House or by joining us for any of the associated programs we will be hosting through the spring.
Feel free to bring any questions you have, which will be answered during the presentation. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Learn more about the trip details at https://www.rihs.org/rihs-fundraising-trip/#itinerary
Date & Time
Tue, Feb 13, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM