About EnCompass

Welcome to EnCompass: A Digital Archive of Rhode Island History. The goal of EnCompass is to provide free access to primary and secondary source content that allows teachers to easily connect Rhode Island examples to broader national themes and trends. The textbook is aligned with current GSEs for Social Studies in RI, and is targeted toward Grades K-12. Content is created vetted by scholars and teachers and features objects and paper archives from RIHS collections and the collections from other history and heritage organizations throughout the state.

After conducting teacher focus groups and surveys, thanks to generous funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the first topical chapter on Roger Williams was rolled out in October of 2016 and a revitalized version launched in September 2017. Thanks to a major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, we will have eleven completed chapters by fall of 2020. Rather than following a chronological order, the chapters in EnCompass follow an order dictated by relevance to classrooms’ needs as identified by feedback we received from teacher focus groups and surveys.

Each chapter contains a main essay.  Images of primary and secondary resources within the main essay link to smaller essays that provide further information about the main topic or cover events and people contemporary with the main topic.  Content standards, additional resources, lesson plans, and references also accompany each chapter.

As chapters are added, primary resources will be added to the Primary Source gallery, showcasing some of the objects and paper archives available in organizations throughout the state.

We hope you enjoy learning from EnCompass and find it useful in your teaching.


Parts of EnCompass was made possible through major funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.