Rhode Island Colonial Charter: 1663-2013

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

Check it Out! The State House Visitor Center

As part of the 350th Anniversary of the Colonial Charter, Governor Chafee’s Office, in collaboration with the office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, opened the first-ever Visitor Center … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Carter Brown Library Reading Room Talk: What Did English Royal Charters Acutally Grant to Colonists?

Join the John Carter Brown Library Lecture Series tomorrow afternoon, July 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the JCB’s Reading Room as they welcome Jim Muldoon, Emeritus Professor of History from … Continue reading

July 29, 2014

Ken Yellis: New museum at the R.I. State House

Providence Journal July 25, 2013 01:00 AM By Ken Yellis My 2013 New Year’s resolution was that I would say “That’s so Rhode Island” only in pride from now on, … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Let’s Look Closely” Series – Post #2

King Charles II King Charles II was born on May 29, 1630.  He came of age during the English Civil War and lived in exile after the victory of Oliver … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Let’s Look Closely” Series – Post #1

Anyone who has seen Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter – especially in person – will tell you that it’s a beautifully decorated document.  And while the image of King Charles II … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rhode Island’s Religious Freedom Report Card

How might a “Professor Williams” evaluate Rhode Island today?

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and Democratic Values

By: Chaklader Mahboob-ul Alam From: The Daily Star (Bangladesh) Men and women from across the United States who are proud of their much cherished values of freedom of conscience, equal … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PREAMBLE Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Governor Chafee’s Reflections: The Charter’s Significance

From the 350th Anniversary Announcement, January 30, 2013 “In 1663, before Massachusetts, Philadelphia, or anywhere else, Rhode Island became the “Cradle of Liberty.”  Roger Williams was stubbornly resolved to secure … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

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