Rhode Island Historical Society
Phone: 401-331-8575 Fax: 401-351-0127



Welcome to the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs. To present and interpret Rhode Island’s past to the public, the Goff Center sponsors tours and programs at the John Brown House Museum, the Aldrich House, and the Museum of Work & Culture. In addition, we create educational materials to be used by students and teachers and provide professional development opportunities for our state’s and the nation’s teachers, thanks to the federal Teaching American History (TAH) grant program, and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Institutes for School Teachers), the National Park Service, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission. We are also generously supported by the private donations of members and supporters like you.


The teaching resources on our webpages are created by our staff and local teachers. We hope that you will use them yourself and share them with others: this is everyone’s history.


Please let us know how you learn and share Rhode Island’s past, so we can help make it come alive together.

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