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History Starts Here Award: Award Ceremony and Book Launch at the Annual Meeting

June 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photograph by The Pell Center at Salve Regina University.

History Starts Here Award

Award Ceremony and Book Launch at the Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 20, 2019  4:00pm, Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI

Free, open to the public

Limited space, RSVP below or by calling 401-846-0813 x110 or emailing hrockwood@newporthistory.org

Join the Newport Historical Society to celebrate making history today in a new annual award program the History Starts Here Award for making history now in Rhode Island. Enjoy food and drink to celebrate the launch of Ardent Advocate: Selected Letters of William Ellery from the Newport Historical Society Collection.

The Newport Historical Society has initiated an awards program which builds upon its interest in how historical perspectives help us think about the present and improve the future. The History Starts Here Award will be offered annually to an individual or organization who is making history now or making opportunities for thinking about how history is important to today.

The 2019 History Starts Here Award goes to “Story in the Public Square.”  A program of Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, “Story in the Public Square” is hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal and available on more than 200 public television stations across the country as well as SiriusXM satellite radio’s popular P.O.T.U.S channel. “Story in the Public Square” features interviews with today’s best print, screen, music, and other storytellers about their creative processes and how their stories impact public understanding and policy.

“Story-telling is an essential component of history, and especially of public history. By focusing on how story impacts understanding and discourse today, Jim and Wayne are making history, and using the techniques of historical discipline to capture important work in a variety of fields,” said Ruth S. Taylor, Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society.

“We are humbled and grateful to be honored as the inaugural recipients of the History Starts Here Award from the Newport Historical Society,” said Ludes.  “In creating ‘Story in the Public Square,’ we’ve worked with great guests and an incredible crew at Rhode Island PBS, and with tremendous support from Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal, to spur critical thinking about the narratives, both historical and contemporary, that shape public life in the United States.  We look forward to accepting this award in June and celebrating the power of story in public life.”

“In my writing, I have had many occasions to call on the extensive resources of the Newport Historical Society and can speak first-hand to its eminence, so this honor has special personal meaning,” said Miller. “More importantly, this recognition of ‘Story in the Public Square’ affirms our mission and encourages us to continue bringing storytellers, including many historians, to the screen and radio. Thank you so much!”


June 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Newport Historical Society


Colony House
Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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