What Cheer Day

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10:00am-4:00pm

Two brothers collide.  A daughter rebels.  Liberty is born.

A Living History Event at the John Brown House Museum

In the wake of Revolution, a new nation gives birth to freedom and shakes the foundations of society. In Providence, two brothers collide over the morality of slavery.  A daughter rebels and defies the confines of her world. Uncover the stories of one Rhode Island family embroiled in the struggle to define the boundaries of liberty in the New Republic.  John Brown requests the favour of your company.  Accept the invitation and find your place in history.

Check out our visitor guide here in advance of What Cheer Day.

$15 for adults, $12 for RIHS members, children under 12 free.  Tickets will be available for purchase on-site the day of the event.  The Museum will close at 4 p.m., and we recommend arriving no later than 3:30 p.m.

11:00am-12:30pm

Building Faith in the City of Hope: A Walking Tour

Their impressive spires and golden domes dot the familiar city landscape.  The distinctive churches of Providence, dating to the 19th century and earlier, are ever-evolving sites responding to the needs of the community.  See these iconic structures in a new way as you learn the stories of the members, architects and artists who shaped the congregations and their stunning buildings.

$15 per person, ages 12 and up.  Tour departs from the John Brown House Museum.  Tickets will be available for purchase on-site the day of the event.

2:00pm-3:30pm

Something Upstairs: A Walking Tour for Families

Inspired by the Award-Winning Young Adult Historical Thriller by Avi
Read Something Upstairs with your child and join us on the walking tour!

When young Kenny and his family move here from L.A., he discovers that Providence is “not an ordinary city.” Kenny learns about the past and the people in it when he travels back in time to the early 1800s to learn more about the murder of a young slave named Caleb. Follow in Kenny’s steps as he walks the streets of old Providence and its waterfront to solve the mystery of what happened to Caleb.  Suitable for ages 9-12.

$10 per adult, children under 12 free. Tour departs from the John Brown House Museum.  Tickets will be available for purchase on-site the day of the event.


Questions? Contact programs@rihs.org.