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Why Does History Matter? We Want to Hear from You!

We want to know how we can support and engage you in 2023 and beyond. Please take a few minutes to complete the 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers, to let us know what Newport’s history means to you. Click the button below to get started.

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2023 Annual Fund & Subscription to History

2023 is an exciting time of transition for the Newport Historical Society. With your generosity, we can continue our efforts to advance NHS’s reputation as a leader in the stewardship and promotion of our rich and diverse history. To contribute to our annual fund, please click the Donate button below. Or, click “Subscribe to History” to learn more about the benefits of 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

Secondhand Scam – Help Solve an 18th Century Mystery

In the 18th century, gently used items were in-demand and, in 1770s Newport, a group of women capitalized on this by orchestrating a theft ring to resell stolen shoes, clothing and household goods. Join the Newport Historical Society’s costumed living historians for this one-of-a-kind History Space event. Step into the 1739 Colony House, Washington Square, on Saturday February 25, 2023 from 10am-2pm and help solve the mystery of who stole the many items that are missing from Newport homes!

This interactive event is free and open to the public, donations are welcome.

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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