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Newport Historical Society Annual Meeting and Exhibit Opening

December 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Newport Historical Society on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4pm at the Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI for its Annual Meeting. View the launch of the Society’s new website, NewportHistory.org, and hear a lecture “The Vintner and the Indian,” by Dr. Elaine Forman Crane, a story about a wine merchant and his servant.

At 6:30pm, join the Newport Historical Society at their Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI for the official exhibit opening of

“My small Ability” The Life and Work of William Claggett

and browse a selection of gifts for the holidays from the Museum of Newport History Shop, including the newly released book “Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker” by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III. The book, which inspired the exhibition features three clockmakers William Claggett, his apprentice James Wady, and Thomas Claggett, a family member. “My small Ability” exhibit will highlight the works and life of William Claggett set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760.  Featured items will include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printing Rhode Island currency, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.

Dr. Elaine Forman Crane is a Distinguished Professor of History at Fordham University. She has authored several publications about history in Newport, including “Skirting the Law: Women and the Legal System in early Rhode Island,” Newport History (Spring 1996), 173-184, A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era (New York: Fordham University Press, 1985; paperback, 1992), and her latest book, The Poison Plot: A Tale of Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018). Dr. Crane lecture at the Annual Meeting will feature a story about a wine merchant and his servant titled “The Vintner and the Indian.”

This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of William Claggett clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum.

Both events are free, donations welcome.

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December 13, 2018
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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NHS Resource Center
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
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