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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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Support Newport’s future by subscribing to its past. Click the button below to learn more about the benefits of subscribing to history by becoming a member.

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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

Boston Tea Party 249th Anniversary Commemoration

Friday, December 16th at 5PM, join Revolutionary Spaces, in partnership with the Newport Historical Society’s History Space Program, at Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St, Boston, MA) for the return of the reenactment of the Meeting of the Body of the People and a special Member appreciation tea party!

Meet iconic Bostonians whose vigorous debate led to the destruction of tea in 1773, as well as other personalities whose contributions shaped colonial Boston. Experience this moment in time in the room where it happened!

The largest indoor gathering space in colonial Boston, the Old South Meeting House was the site of key meetings that led to American independence. On December 16, 1773, more than 5,000 people—over a quarter of Boston’s population—gathered to denounce the unfair practices of the distant parliament.

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2021 Newsletter & Annual Report

Learn more about what’s been keeping NHS busy in 2021! Click the image below to read our Fall 2021 Newsletter & Annual Report.

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