Founded in 1932, the Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island is the second oldest astronomy group in the United States who focuses on public education. Their observatory houses four telescopes that are open to the public every clear Saturday night.
Amateur Astronomical Observatories
This site has a huge list of links to other amateur observatories worldwide.
Sky and Telescope
The website for one of the most popular astronomy magazines and has a huge amount of resource for a beginner.
An online community of astronomers that includes reviews, guides and some large forums.
A site that contains classifieds and auctions for astronomy equipment.