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The French Are Coming to Newport

Saturday July 13 & Sunday July 14, 11AM-4PM

Transport yourself back to Newport in 1780 to catch a glimpse of a day in the revolutionary lives of the 12,000 French troops stationed in the City by the Sea during America’s fight for independence! Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the era with fife and drum corps Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, tea tasting, silhouette art by Silhouettes By Hand, and more. Learn from living historians and exhibits about historical figures. You can also be among the first to view a special new exhibit: “Fete Lafayette: A French Hero’s Tour of the American Republic” produced by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of Cincinnati, telling the story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s time in America.

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A Powerful New Exhibition on Display at the Newport Historical Society

Location: Richard I. Burnham Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Discover the rich narratives of five individuals of African descent who resided in Newport from its founding in 1639 to the abolition of slavery in Rhode Island’s constitution in 1842. Delve into their connections, commercial endeavors, religious affiliations, and more through an immersive exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Richard I. Burnham Resource Center.

The exhibit also features interpretations by four local artists, offering visual insights into the lives and experiences of these historical figures.


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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