History at Home

Newport's History Goes Virtual

As the Newport Historical Society begins to reopen following the guidelines set by RI state agencies, we remain committed to the mission of education, information dissemination, and use of the collections for research and enjoyment. Going forward, we will continue to offer new content on Newport’s rich history both through our traditional avenues and the new digital offerings we have developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. New content will continually be shared on this page as it becomes available! We also encourage you to follow along for updates as the Museum of Newport History and NHS Resource Center resume operations.


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.


Living History and Lectures Online

The Newport Historical Society recently sat down, by Zoom, with Ryan Belmore, owner and publisher of What's Up Newp, a platform that provides local, independent news for Newport County. As a member of the media, Ryan discusses the shift in community journalism that has taken place over the past year, and What's Up Newp's pivot from reporting on local events to providing detailed coverage of quarantine protocols, vaccine distribution, unsung heroes and more. This interview has been added to the NHS archives as part of our 'History in the Making' initiative: we are living in clearly historic times that should be recorded for the future. 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. This week's free journal article discusses Maud Howe Elliott's advocacy for the arts in Newport. A new article will be made available bi-weekly, but access to our complete archive is included with NHS Membership.
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Have Your Voice Heard! 2021 Annual Survey of Museum Goers

In 2019 the Newport Historical Society, and you its constituents, took part in a survey conducted by Susie Wilkening of Wilkening Consulting. You may recognize some of her data stories from the Spring Newsletter in 2020. We learned a lot about what museum visitors, and specifically, Museum of Newport History visitors, want from their museum experience, and from us.
The results of the survey affected much of what we decided to do, and not do, this past year and how we are thinking about future plans for the Museum and the NHS.
Now we are asking you to take part again, or for the first time, in this new survey from Wilkening Consulting. The information from this survey will be released to us — your participation will be anonymous — and will be joined with survey information from other museums across the country. Please take this survey before Monday, March 8, 2021, when the survey will close. And thank you for helping us in our work!

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!


COVID-19 Diary for Kids

As part of our mission to preserve Newport’s history for future generations, we are looking to create a snapshot of this moment from the perspective of those often underrepresented in the historical record: Children. Click the link below to read more about the project and learn how to participate.
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