The Rhode Island Historical Society offers enrichment courses through the Rhode Island Department of Education’s All Course Network. Courses through the All Course Network are available to Rhode Island students at no cost, and are run by lottery. To register for a course lottery, visit the All Course Network through EnrollRI. There, you will find more information for how the lottery works, when lotteries are run, and the course catalog. Courses are scheduled as summer, fall, and spring semesters.

For the 2022-2023 school year, the RIHS is offering three enrichment courses. Two are week-long summer courses – one for grades three to five and the other for grades six to twelve. One is a five-meeting weekly after-school course in the fall for teens. Check out the details of each course below.

Junior Historians:  Journey along the Blackstone
Grades 3-5
August 1-5, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Work & Culture

Travel through time by spending a week with the Rhode Island Historical Society.  During this immersive experience, students will explore the lives of immigrants who came to work on the mills along the Blackstone through their lives at home, work, and school.  Students will also learn about the ecology of the river, water pollution, and what they can do to protect the river.  Activities include history games, water testing, walking tours of historical sites, and tours of the Museum. This course meets at the Society’s Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket with the possibility of visits to other sites.

Students will have opportunities to work with primary resource materials (museum objects as well as archival materials) and meet professionals in the museum and history fields.  This course aligns with Social Studies, History, Civics, and Science.

This course is for Rhode Island students in grades 3 to 5 that are at least 7 years old.  It meets daily from August 1 to August 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for one week.  This free course is available by lottery through the Rhode Island Department of Education’s All Course Network.  Visit EnrollRI to register.

History Camp:  Adventures Along the Blackstone
Grades 6-12
August 15-19, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Work & Culture

Discover the history of the Blackstone Valley by spending a week this summer with the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Students will explore the lives of immigrants who came to work on the mills along the Blackstone through their lives at home, work, and school.  Students will also learn about the ecology of the river, water pollution, and what they can do to protect the river.  Activities include examining historical documents, testing the water of the Blackstone River, walking tours of historical sites, and tours of the Museum. This course meets at the Society’s Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket with the possibility of visits to other sites.

Students will have opportunities to work with primary resource materials (museum objects as well as archival materials) and meet professionals in the museum and history fields. This course aligns with Social Studies, History, Civics, and Environmental Science.

This course is for Rhode Island students in grades 6 to 12 that are at least 11 years old.  It meets daily from August 15 to August 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for one week.  This free course is available by lottery through the Rhode Island Department of Education’s All Course Network.  Visit EnrollRI to register.

Then & Now: The Relevance of History in Today’s World
Grades 6-12 and at least 12 years old
October 19 – November 16, 2022
Weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Museum of Work & Culture

Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for an exploration of how the events we see on the news and in social media were influenced by events from the past. During this five-session after school program, we will explore topics such as language and identity, suffrage, immigration, protest, and the Black experience, tracing how past events have affected our contemporary world, and how we can harness that knowledge to shape our future. Students will meet at the Society’s Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket with the possibility of visits to our other sites. Students will have opportunities to work with primary resource materials (museum objects as well as archival materials) and meet professionals in the museum and history fields.

In addition to learning about the history and contemporary state of the topics being covered, students will grow their critical thinking skills and abilities to see connections to how past actions and events influence the contemporary world in ways both direct and indirect. They will then be able to apply those same skills as they consider ways that they can empower themselves to shape their future. This course aligns with Social Studies, History, and Civics.

This is an after-school course for Rhode Island students in grades 6 to 12 that are at least 12 years old.  It meets weekly on Wednesdays from October 19 to November 16, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This free course is available by lottery through the Rhode Island Department of Education’s All Course Network.  Visit EnrollRI to register.