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History Bytes: The Circus

This week marks the final appearance of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Rhode Island, as it prepares to fade into the sunset nationally. Circuses have been coming to Newport for over two centuries, beginning with a performance of skilled horsemanship in 1774. On 24 May of that year,  equestrian Christopher H. Gardner attracted as many three thousand residents to

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Rhode Island High School Students Celebrated at the Statehouse

High School students from across Rhode Island were celebrated at a recent event at the Rhode Island Statehouse for their essay entries to the Newport Historical Society’s contest, Writing your Way to Hamilton: Big Ideas for a Changing World.

Rhode Island has been a place of many firsts –

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Recent Acquisition: Godfrey Malbone’s 18th Century Plate

The Newport Historical Society recently acquired a polychrome Chinese export porcelain plate, dating to the first half of the 18th century, that belonged to Godfrey Malbone of Newport. The plate was donated to the Society by Antony Underwood.

Godfrey Malbone (1695-1768) was a Virginia-born merchant who arrived in Newport

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