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.