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History Bytes: Dear Santa Claus

Are you hoping for a gift from Santa this holiday season? On December 23, 1882 young Philip Wheaton Rives King wrote to Santa Claus asking for, “a dog and a little sled and a person doll and a trumpet and a whistle and a coat for dolly & a

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History Bytes: The Burial of Admiral Charles de Ternay

This post is by Pamela Rochette, 2017 summer intern at the Newport Historical Society.

On December 16, 1780, a procession starting from the Hunter House on Water Street (now Washington Street) led by military men and nine Catholic chaplains, wound its way through the streets of Newport. A solemn

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