Rhode Island Historical Society

John Brown House Museum

The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state’s oldest and only state-wide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting, and sharing Rhode Island’s past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st-century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, and the Aldrich House.


    2022 update to the original Olmsted Brother's plan for the Great Lawn House by Beta Group, Inc.

    John Brown House Museum


The Olmsted Network

Our organization works with partners across the globe to champion Olmsted parks and places.