The Career Institute in History and Preservation is a year-long learning experience that engages high school students in the fields of history and historic preservation through a combination of academic and hands-on activities. The goal of the Institute is to create an ever-growing cadre of urban young people committed to the protection, rehabilitation, and interpretation of their historic neighborhoods and city. The Institute seeks to meet this goal by launching students into careers and post-secondary education in history and historic preservation.





Living History’s 14th Rhode Island re-enactment unit engages high school students in the history and mission of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery which was RI’s Black Civil War regiment. The 14th Rhode Island participates in parades, celebrations and living history presentations for the public. Participating students drill with and fire authentic replicas of Civil War rifles and participate in reenactments equipped with every item issued to the Federal soldier in 1864. Camp experiences are authentic, down to the canvas tents and hardtack for breakfast.



 ironmanIron Man is an ongoing archaeology project begun in 2015 which engages participating high students in real world learning about the technological, economic, and cultural impact of 18th century iron making at the Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry, RI.





History of Sports— Students find out how sports have changed from the ancient Greek Olympians to today’s money-soaked pros. They connect to sports careers.


Introduction to Historic Preservation— Students get in on the ground floor of an exciting career. Historic Preservation is hot in Providence. They learn about the architecture of their own neighborhoods, create plans to fix an historic house, and work in an historic restoration wood shop.




nathisNational History Day Performance— Students write and star in their own history play and learn acting and stagecraft basics. The play is performed at the annual National History Day competition at Providence College. Living History were state champs in 2014 and 15.





History of Music— Students explore what music means to them, how music has shaped our world, and connect to professionals in the music business.






Military History— This is the place to start for students looking at careers in the military. In 2015 participants learned about the origins, politics, and technology of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Mexican War.






History of Food— Food is survival. Food is politics. Food is you. Students experience the hunter/gatherer life of Native Americans, prepare a Roman feast, trade spices like Marco Polo. They learn how we got from caveman to fast food, grow their own garden herbs, and meet professionals in nutrition and sustainable agriculture.





History of Fashion—This course is for students who are into clothes and fashion. They learn basic sewing, weaving, knitting, and dyeing techniques. They find out how clothing design has changed over time and explore the history of textiles in Rhode Island while meeting professionals in costuming and textile science.




Students attend courses that prepare them for internships with history and preservation organizations throughout Rhode Island.


Students in the Career Institute are eligible for internships with respected history and preservation organizations. Previous internships have been with
National Park Service
Battleship USS Massachusetts
First Baptist Church in America
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Providence Revolving Fund
Rhode Island State House
Coggeshall Farm Museum, and
Haffenreffer Museum.