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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.


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Rhode Island’s BIPOC Heritage

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French Culinary Adventure Cocktail Reception

July 7 at 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $175

Join the Newport Historical Society on Thursday July 7th at 5:30pm for a French-themed Culinary Adventure that kicks off a weekend of French in Newport programming. Enjoy an evening of French hors d’oeuvres, colonial cocktails, and live music on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House. Visit George Washington’s campaign tent from the Museum of the American Revolution and speak with living historians including le Count de Rochambeau. Tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased through the link below.

Director’s Note: How Much Do We Love Democracy?

The topic of our latest Civic Conversation was inspired by the recognition of a growing comfort level with democratic backsliding in America and the world. In fact, some studies show that the younger an American is, the less certain they are that democratic forms of government are advantageous, let alone essential. So, we asked, why are people moving away from what had once been a pretty universal, shared American conviction? Click the link below to read Executive Director Ruth Taylor's summary of the conversation that followed.
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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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