Welcome to the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs.

The Goff Center connects people with the past by supporting K-12 students and teachers, offering tours and public for the programs, and coordinating professional development for a large network of history and heritage organizations in the state.

The Goff Center operates tours and programs at Rhode Island Historical Society sites, as well as other locations throughout the state.  In addition, we create educational materials to be used by students and teachers, provide teacher professional development opportunities, and coordinate Rhode Island’s National History Day state contest.

Collaboration is at the core of our work. We look to our many partners in our sector, the growing field of education and accessibility, as well as our state and municipal agencies to help create stronger and more far reaching programming for our residents and visitors. Additionally, our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution also provides opportunities to bring in national speakers and access to further educational materials.

Encompass: A Digital Archive of Rhode Island History

EnCompass is our free online textbook of Rhode Island History

Virtual Programs and Resources for Teachers and Homeschool Educators

View our live and pre-recorded programming, digital learning resources, Google Classrooms, and more.

National History Day

We proudly coordinate and sponsor Rhode Island’s National History Day contest!

Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources Consortium Member

See recordings of our teacher professional development sessions and accompanying materials sponsored through our work as Library of Congress TPS Consortium Members

RHODI: Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative

The RHODI initiative aims to connect those working in the history, heritage, and cultural sectors in Rhode Island or who hope to be in the future through communication, learning opportunities, and shared resources.

Think Like an Archaeologist

Think Like an Archaeologist is a sixth-grade program on archaeology coordinated in partnership with other area organizations.

Rhode Tour

Rhode Tour is a smartphone app and website that uses text, sound, and images to bring Rhode Island stories to the palm of your hand.

African American History Resources at RIDE

We coordinate with RIDE to provide a one-stop page of resources about Rhode Island’s African American history and heritage from us and organizations throughout the state.

History Education White Papers

View our 2015 History Today for Tomorrow: Overview of History Education in Rhode Island and Why Learning History Matters Now: The Value of History Education reports here.