Rhode Island Colonial Charter: 1663-2013

350th anniversary of Rhode Island's "lively experiment" in religious freedom

Learning from the Charter

essaysRead essays on the Charter written by some of Rhode Island’s most distinguished historians:

  • J. Stanley Lemons
  • Patrick Conley
  • Morgan Grefe
  • Ted Widmer

Read the essays here

listening-to-a-podcastListen to a podcast series about the Charter and its legacies.

Listen to the podcast here

edit_1Look closely at the elaborate decorations on the Charter and learn about royal symbolism.

Learn about symbols here

worksheetBring the Charter into your classroom!

Standards-linked lesson plans for:

  • Elementary school students (5th grade)
  • Middle school students (7th & 8th grade)
  • High school students (11th & 12th grade)

Find lesson plans here

Want to see the Charter for yourself? Visit the Rhode Island State House Charter Museum! Free and open to the public, Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30 pm

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