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“Cure What Ails You”: An 18th Century Living History Lecture

January 19, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Newport is a city known for firsts. Between 1755-1756, the first anatomical and surgical lectures in the Colonies were presented by Dr. William Hunter at the Colony House.

On Thursday January 19, 2023, at 5:30pm, the Newport Historical Society will host the talk “Cure What Ails You”: An 18th Century Living History Lecture with living historian Sean O’Brien.

During this in-person program, Sean will portray Dr. William Hunter and recreate an 18th century medical lecture as if it’s Newport in the 1750s. Presented through first person historical interpretation, Dr. Hunter will share insight on the latest medical knowledge from England while discussing remedies and cures that are available at his apothecary shop.

Seán O’Brien is a public historian who spends his time moving between the 18th and early 20th centuries. He’s the NHS Visiting Curator of Living History and he teaches Public History in the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A seasoned tour guide, many may recognize him from guiding tours in both Newport and Salem, MA and he has appeared in lead roles at many NHS History Space events. Sean earned his M.A. in 18th Century Studies from the University of York, in northern England, where his dissertation focused on the self-identity of military surgeons in the British Army. He currently resides in Salem, MA.

Cure What Ails You: An 18th Century Living History Lecture takes place at the NHS Resource Center at 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. Admission costs $5 per person, $1 for NHS members and active duty military. Cash or card payment accepted at the door.


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January 19, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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NHS Resource Center
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840


Newport Historical Society