We just moved to Providence. Help us get involved in it!
My partner and I just moved to Providence. We're academics with lots and lots of unstructured time and are looking for things to do when not writing. We're both pretty introverted and allergic to big crowds of strangers, so meetup.com-type things are kind of intimidating; targeted activities would be better.
I am especially looking for some kind of historical society or archive to volunteer with (getting involved with local history makes me feel very connected to wherever I live). I have lots of experience with 19th/early 20th century archival material and love cataloguing for a good cause, but despite my best Googling I haven't been able to find any opportunities. The RI Historical Society seems to just be looking for docents and tour guides, which is not really what I'm looking for (I am not sure if this is just because they are currently dealing with the library being flooded
or if this is how they always operate). Are there any other historical societies, archives, or museums out there that take volunteers and are less waterlogged?
We're also into food (are there good cooking classes out there? J&W's open classes are booked for months and don't seem to have much variety anyway), art, kayaking, biking, antiques and other old things, plants, coffee, and animals. We do have a car but would rather not travel too far afield.