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Voices from the NHS Archives

A New Digital Resource that Centers Black and Indigenous Experiences

The Newport Historical Society is proud to launch Voices from the NHS Archives, an expansive new research project that centers the Black and Indigenous experiences embedded in Newport’s historical record. This digital tool—the first of its kind in Rhode Island—is the culmination of four years of work and the review of 4,000 manuscript pages from the NHS’ archival collection. To explore the database, please click the button below:


Upcoming Events

  • Lecture: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence

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  • “Hope Deferred”: George T. Downing and the Nineteenth Century Civil Rights Movement

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  • Lecture: How to Cheat on Your Navigation Exam in the Age of Sail

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Applications for the 2024 Buchanan Burnham Program Are Now Open!

Join a team of students, scholars, and museum professionals studying and promoting the diverse and dynamic history of Newport, RI. Fellows have access to the Newport Historical Society’s (NHS) internationally important manuscript and artifact collections; engage with the public through leading tours and program participation; and put theory into practice by participating in the daily operations of NHS. To learn more, click the button below.

Call for Submissions to The Bridge: A Joint Issue of the Journals of Newport History and Rhode Island History

“The Peoples’ Independence: Reflections on Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era”

In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. To commemorate this historical milestone, and in an effort to recognize the invaluable contributions of historically marginalized groups in the founding of Rhode Island and this nation, the Newport Historical Society and Rhode Island Historical Society are excited to announce a call for submissions for The Bridge: A Joint Edition of the Journals of Newport History and Rhode Island History.

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