- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Historical Society is now an affiliate of the Smithsonian.

The organization announced Wednesday its partnership with the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

The program helps facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions. It also helps to develop educational collaborations among museums.

Rhode Island Historical Society Executive Director C. Morgan Grefe says the partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Historical Society plans to lend artifacts from the DeWolfs, the leading slave-trading family in U.S. history, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research centers complex.

There are Smithsonian affiliates in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

More than 8,000 Smithsonian artifacts have been displayed at affiliate locations.


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