Morgan Grefe, Ph.D. Executive Director,  Rhode Island Historical Society

C. Morgan Grefe is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She has been at the RIHS since 2005, serving as the Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs for 6.5 of those years. In the summer of 2011 she took the helm of the RIHS.

Her work as a historian focuses on U.S. social, cultural and public history, with special attention on R.I. She holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the same. Her recent publications include,

“‘Jews, Turks, and Infidels:’ How Rhode Island’s Lively Experiment Helped Chart the American Way,” “Sourcing a Rhode Island Legend: The Story of Kady Brownell,” and a children’s book based on the history of a great Rhode Island city, “The World in One Square Mile: Central Falls.”

She lectures widely on topics relating to Rhode Island’s social and cultural history, as well as the history education crisis in our state and nation. She has lived in Rhode Island for more than 20 years and makes her home in Pawtucket with her spouse, artist Gage Prentiss.