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Updated Hours

The Museum of Newport History and Shop at 127 Thames Street will be closed from Monday September 20th to Friday September 24th.

Annual Fund Appeal

We expect that organizations like the Newport Historical Society will be interpreting and discussing the times we are living in for decades to come. In fact, we are already trying to make sense of the events unfolding around us. Click the button below to read about how the NHS is continuing to promote Newport’s endlessly interesting history, and consider giving a gift so that we can continue this work together.

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Newport Historical Society's 2021 Annual Meeting

The past 15 months might have been expected to slow an organization down. But in fact this period accelerated some processes that were already begun at NHS and also started us down some new paths. Click the button below to read NHS Executive Director Ruth Taylor's comments from the 2021 Annual Meeting, and learn more about how we are preserving the history we are making now.
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The World in Motion, Fashion and Modernity 1885-1945

The Newport Historical Society is pleased to present ‘The World in Motion, Fashion and Modernity 1885-1945’, an exhibit focusing on the evolution of fashion from the height of the Gilded Age to the beginning of the modern era. The exhibit will be featured at the Newport Historical Society at 82 Touro Street, Monday-Saturday, 10am-3pm.

This exhibit examines a previously unknown collection of clothing and accessories belonging to three Vanderbilt women of New York and Newport: Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt and her daughters Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Gladys Moore Vanderbilt Széchényi.

COVID-Safe Activities

As the state of Rhode Island reopens this summer, there are a number of ways you can continue to engage with us in a ‘COVID-safe’ way. From outdoor walking tours to remote research services, Newport’s endlessly interesting history has never been more accessible. To learn more, click the link below.

Newport Historical Society Innovating Access to Collections and Information

As the Newport Historical Society begins to reopen following the guidelines set by RI state agencies, we remain committed to the mission of education, information dissemination, and use of the collections for research and enjoyment. Going forward, we will continue to offer new content on Newport’s rich history both through our traditional avenues and the new digital offerings we have developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the links below to learn more about how to access our collections and resources remotely, or to explore our digital tools for teachers and educators.

‘Know Your History’ Page

Remote Research & Digital Collections

Resources for Teachers and Education Content Providers

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