History Space

Supporting the field of public history through education and demonstration

Immersive Programs

History Space seeks to support the field of public history through education and demonstration. This work produces high-quality living history programs and events, including reenactments, traditional trade and craft demonstrations, and workshops. Seminars assist practitioners of public history and inform the public about topics and issues in the field.

Living History and Lectures Online

On February 10, 2021, the Newport Historical Society hosted Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes for the virtual lecture 'Captain Paul Cuffe: His Work, Vision and Living Legacy.' An incident in Newport Harbor in 1812 led to the first formal meeting between a person of color and a sitting United States President. When Captain Paul Cuffe had his ship and cargo seized in Newport, he was the wealthiest person of color at the time. He was an entrepreneur, a Master Mariner and whaler, a voting rights activist for both African American men and Native American men, an abolitionist, a philanthropist, a visionary, and an educator. Watch the video to learn more! More videos are available on our YouTube channel, which you can access by clicking the button below.

Featured Event: The 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

On Saturday March 7, the Newport Historical Society partnered with Revolutionary Spaces, the new organization formed through the merging of The Bostonian Society and the Old State House, to present The Boston Massacre Reenactment and Commemoration. Over 100 costumed living historians traveled from 12 states and Washington, DC to convene in downtown Boston to illustrate the tensions that were present in March 1770, 250 years ago. Photos of the event are courtesy of Chris Lovell Photography and Elizabeth Sulock.

Program Details

  • Reenactments

    Bringing the past to life
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  • Demonstrations & Workshops

    Teaching traditional trades and crafts
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  • Seminars

    Engaging practitioners and the public
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A comment from the Newport Historical Society Youtube videos regarding the Living History Reenactment from August 2019.

“I was in Newport a month back and I had the fortune to witness another reanactment… this was about a ship seized by the British customs …and how the British Navy Captain is forced to set it free. I can’t tell you what great pleasure I had landing in the midst of Ladies and Gentlemen in period clothing.. so thoroughly immersed in their roles that at moments I had this feeling of having stumbled through a time warp. My hats off to all the gentle people and my gratitude to them for making my evening there a memorable one.” – Vinayak Angle

See our living history videos on Youtube by clicking here.

Partner with Us

Museums and historic sites are invited to join History Space
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Our Partners

  • Newport Historical Society

  • Redwood Library & Athenaeum

  • Rhode Island Historical Society

  • Revolutionary Spaces

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