Ruth S. Taylor retired at the end of 2022 after 16 years as executive director of the Newport Historical Society. She now serves as a consultant working to improve the governance of nonprofit organizations. She also serves as chair of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
The legacy of Rhode Island's non-conformist, independent heritage has led to expensive, often dysfunctional arrangements. These divisions are perhaps not necessary; as different as we are, we are still very, very small.