RIHS Celebrates Educators with 4th Annual Teacher Appreciation Week

Join Rhode Island Historical Society for a full schedule of programming for its fourth annual Teacher Appreciation Week, taking place July 29 through August 4 at various RIHS sites in Providence and Woonsocket.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, educators can enjoy free workshops and museum admission; information sessions about the resources that the RIHS offers in and out of the classroom; as well as special discounts on membership, gift shop purchases, and walking tours.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to learn more about the RIHS’s Free-for-All program, which extends free field trips to all school groups who wish to tour RIHS sites.

 This Teacher Appreciation Week programming lineup includes (please see full descriptions below):

  •     Monday, July 29: Getting Started with National History Day 2020 at the Robinson Research Center
  •     Tuesday, July 30: Museum of Work & Culture Tours and Activities
  •     Wednesday, July 31: “Making History Relevant to Teens” at the Museum of Work & Culture
  •     Thursday, Aug. 1: Concert Under the Elms featuring Neal & the Vipers
  •     Friday, Aug. 2: Educational programs at the John Brown House Museum and the RIHS’ Goff Center for Education

Teachers may register for all programs at programs@rihs.org.

Additionally, throughout the week, teachers and their families get free admission (up to four people) at the John Brown House Museum and the Museum of Work & Culture, and can enjoy a 20% discount on gift shop items. Walking tours will be discounted $2 per ticket for teachers and their guests (registration required by contacting Jennifer Wilson at jwilson@rihs.org). Plus, educators will save 25% at any membership level by joining the RIHS during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Week Program Full Descriptions

On Monday, July 29, 11am, teachers can join Education Outreach Manager and State Coordinator of National History Day in Rhode Island, Samantha Hunter for a workshop on National History Day in Rhode Island 2020. NHD Team Members and staff at RIHS’s Robinson Research Center, Jennifer Galpern and Rebecca Valentine will guide teachers through potential local topics–supported by primary and secondary sources at the Robinson Research Center–for students to pursue in NHD’s 2020 theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.” Teachers will also get an overview of the National History Day program, resources to implement the NHD curriculum in their classrooms, and a reference guide to NHD in Rhode Island’s programming in 2019-2020. To attend, please register here

On Tuesday, July 30, the Museum of Work & Culture will offer a daylong celebration for teachers and their families featuring free admission with a 10am Woonsocket walking tour, an 11am museum tour, and a 1pm hands-on activity.

On Wednesday, July 31, 10am, join MoWC Assistant Director Sarah Carr for a workshop focused on engaging teen audiences in historical topics and strategies to create connections to contemporary issues that impact their lives. Session highlights will include a review of an audit completed by the Museum’s Teen Advisory Board as well as new activities developed by teens for their peers.

On Thursday, August 1, 6:30pm, enjoy the sounds of Neal & the Vipers, a Rhode Island based band who play “American Roots Music” encompassing the blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, on the lawn of the John Brown House Museum. Teachers presenting their school IDs will be admitted for free.

On Friday, August 2, 10am, join the staff of the Goff Center for Education at the John Brown House Museum for a look at our updated educational programing offerings for schools in this upcoming academic year and learn all about RIHS’s resources for teachers to use in the classroom. We will have coffee and light refreshments available.

Teachers may register for all programs by emailing programs@rihs.org.

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