PROVIDENCE, R.I. (August 20, 2020) – The Rhode Island Historical Society has announced that applications are now open for its 2020 Virtual Teen Advisory Board.
The board is meant to give Rhode Island teens a voice in their community’s history and heritage sector. Members will have the chance to create inclusive and innovative programs, events, and initiatives with the assistance of RIHS staff. It will provide opportunities to gain leadership experience, collaborate with arts, cultural, and community organizations throughout the region, and to learn about the world of museums and nonprofits.
Candidates must be between the ages of 14-19 at any point during the 2020 calendar year, be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2020-21 school year, and be a resident of Rhode Island. They are also expected to commit to at least one year of service on the board, beginning in September 2020 and concluding in June 2021.
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About the Museum of Work & Culture
The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.
About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.