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History at Home

The Newport Historical Society has taken measures to ensure their staff and the public remain safe from exposure to the novel COVID – 19 virus. NHS has closed the Museum of Newport History  and postponed appointments with researchers and scholars for a future date. After keeping the public and staff safe, the mission of education, […]

Calling All Armchair Researchers: Continue to Access Newport’s History from the Comfort of Your Home

Given the current health climate, the Newport Historical Society & Museum of Newport History are closed to in-person researchers and visitors. However, our staff are still staying active behind-the-scenes to fulfill research requests and ensure continued access to Newport’s endlessly interesting history. As a useful starting point for any distance-research, here is a quick guide […]

History Bytes: Homework in Colonial Newport

One of the early school masters in Newport was Capt. William Engs (1720-1800), who moved from Boston to Newport as a master mariner with experience as a book keeper and clerk. In 1772 he established a school, and took on boarders, to study navigation, astronomy, astrology, geography, geometry, double entry accounting and penmanship. The school […]

Nineteenth Century Landscape Painting and the Creation of American Second Home Culture

This guest post was written by Art Historian Astrid Tvetenstrand, whose recent research at the NHS was supported by the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. Astrid’s research topic is ‘Seasons as Verbs: Nineteenth Century Landscape Painting and the Creation of American Second Home Culture.’ Paintings and postcards of Newport, Rhode Island consistently promote issues of […]

History Bytes: Getting Crafty with Craft Beer

Newport’s restaurants and bars are having to get creative with how to serve their clientele while following Covid-19 reopening guidelines. Some establishments have taken to setting up tables on sidewalks and streets to meet space restrictions. In 1770 local Quaker merchants and brewers, Thomas Robinson and Giles Hosier needed to get creative for a different […]

Digital Resource Guide — Rhode Island’s African American History

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Resources on African American History Resources for educators to teach African American history in the classroom Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Civil Rights Timeline A timeline recording people and events relevant to the African American Civil Rights movement in R.I.   Center for the Study of Slavery […]