Is it time for some of the nearly 200 local groups struggling to preserve R.I.’s rich history to consolidate?

HISTORIC HOME: Ted Sanderson, the state’s historical-preservation officer, is photographed at The Stephen Hopkins House, which is owned by the state and has been operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames since 1927. Construction of the home began in 1707, with an addition in 1743 when R.I. Colonial Gov. Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, resided there. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

More than 190 Rhode Island-based historical and heritage organizations call the smallest state in the union home, according to a 2013 count by the R.I. Historical Society. That’s one for every 5½ square miles. These nonprofits run the gamut, from the nationally known Preservation Society of Newport County that oversees the City by the Sea’s

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