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An NHS Book Talk With Anderson Cooper on 'Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty'

On November 4, 2021, the Newport Historical Society hosted a virtual book talk with Anderson Cooper, discussing his new book ‘Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty’. In a conversation with Newport Historical Society Executive Director Ruth Taylor, Cooper discusses his family’s legacy, and the impact it has had on shaping his own identity. Joined by his cousin Gladys Szapary, the two Vanderbilt descendants explore their roles as ‘family archivists’, and the enormity of the task of preserving the Vanderbilt family’s letters, photographs, and clothing.

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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.

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