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2023 Annual Fund

Since its inception in 1854, the Newport Historical Society has played a pivotal role in preserving and sharing the rich historical legacy of Newport, Rhode Island. Over the past year, we have witnessed a remarkable increase in interest in our public programs, special events and exhibitions. From sold-out lectures and engaging panel discussions to the launch of four new special exhibitions, 2023 has been an exciting year for the NHS. Click below to read our full annual fund appeal letter or click the Donate button to contribute to our annual fund.



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Upcoming Events

  • Alcohol and Politics in Colonial Newport

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  • A Victorian Santa Event with the Newport Historical Society

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  • Book Signing with Pamela McColl, author of ‘Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem’

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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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Newport Historical Society – Providing Access to Diverse and Inclusive Histories

The Newport Historical Society is committed to offering new content on Newport’s rich and diverse history both through our traditional avenues and new digital offerings. The history of Newport County that we seek to tell includes the stories of the original inhabitants of this area – primarily the Narragansett and Wampanoag nations – people of African descent – enslaved and free – waves of immigrants, women, people of any economic status, and those who were otherwise marginalized for any reason.

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

Rhode Island’s BIPOC Heritage

Women’s Rights and History

Research & Resource Hub

2022 Newsletter & Annual Report

Learn more about what’s been keeping NHS busy in 2022! Click the image below to read our 2022 Newsletter & Annual Report.

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