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Students head to classrooms this week in the annual back-to-school ritual. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this should be the year our public schools embrace teaching history and civics.

Rhode Island Historical Society

America's first president, George Washington, comes to Rhode Island Saturday, or at least an actor who portrays Washington at his Mt. Vernon Estate.

The visit is part of the Historical Society's celebration of the 225th anniversary of Washington's final trip to Rhode Island

The stop in the Ocean State came in 1790, when Washington toured Providence and Newport , visiting at sites like Brown University and Touro Synagogue. It wasn’t his first trip to New England, but as president, Washington avoided the state because Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.

After nearly four decades as a member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, William McKenzie Woodward is retiring from his post as the commission’s principal  architectural historian.

Universally known as ``Mack,’’ Woodward has been a linchpin in the state’s and Providence’s efforts to preserve historic structures.  He has used lectures, tours and such publications as his `Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources’ and the Providence Preservation Society’s guide to the city’s historic architecture.  

The Dynamo House, the century-old onetime Narragansett Electric power station, now sits as a forlorn reminder of what once thrived along Providence’s downtown waterfront.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay notes, it now stands as a guard to the old Jewelry District that state and city officials are trying to rebrand as a Knowledge District.