Rhode Island State Archives Department hosts ‘map night’

This is a photo of one of the old maps on display at the Rhode Island State Archives Department's map night. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island State Archives Department hosted an event that showcased the Ocean State through rare, historical documents.

ABC6 News crews attended the event where residents could explore historical maps that aren’t normally available to the public.

Gregg Amore, Rhode Island Secretary of State noted the department is leasing the space they currently operate in. He said they’re in the works to change that.

“We’re engaged in an effort to build a standalone Rhode Island archives and history museum so that we can display more of our historical artifacts and documents, invite the public in more and attract people from out of state and around the world to see what are some incredible documents,” Amore said.

Documents he mentioned included the Declaration of Independence original, letters to the state from George Washington and the Act of Renunciation.

The department said they host frequent events showcasing some of their rarest and oldest media.

For more information, visit the Rhode Island State Archives Department website.

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