History at Home

Newport's History Goes Virtual

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, information dissemination, and use of the collections for research and enjoyment is the next top priority. The NHS is currently working towards maximizing its delivery of Newport’s history to the public in ways that do not require in-person contact. We will be sharing new content to this space as it becomes available!


We are profoundly grateful to everyone who has chosen to engage with and support us at this time. To offer a donation to the NHS, please click the button below.


Take a Tour of the Museum of Newport History


This tour was made possible through the efforts of Peter Hanney of Hanney Property Solutions, who contributed Matterport digitization of the Museum of Newport History,
and Jessika Davis, who arranged digital exhibit text. 

The Museum of Newport History is free to the public year-round, which is made possible through the generous donations of our patrons and visitors.  Please enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum: donations may be made online by clicking the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page. To take a deeper dive, and participate in our virtual scavenger hunt, click the image below!


Living History and Lectures Online

Mrs. Hannah Bradford, a teacher in 1765, shares insight on how children attend school in colonial Newport. More videos are available on our youtube channel, which you can access by clicking the button below!

Featured Journal Article

Please enjoy free access to an article from 'Newport History', the flagship peer-reviewed publication of the Newport Historical Society! Educators, both seasoned and newly anointed, this article from our journal on Newport’s early schools and schoolmasters is shared with you in mind. Thank you! A new article will be made available weekly, but access to our complete archive is included with NHS Membership.
Click Here to Read More

Spotlight — The New Bedford Whaling Museum


While many museums and non-profits have closed their doors to the public, these organizations are finding innovative ways to continue to engage the public digitally. The Newport Historical Society would like to encourage you to support local institutions during this time; Each week, we will feature an organization that is sharing their collection online in creative, educational and entertaining ways.

This week, we are are highlighting the New Bedford Whaling Museum, whose ‘Museum From Home’ page offers engaging activities and digital exhibits for teachers, art lovers, students, parents and book worms alike!


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