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.

 

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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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

Please enjoy this exclusive discussion of the upcoming book 'Newport: The Artful City' with author and architectural historian John Tschirch. 'Newport: The Artful City' is a richly illustrated portrait of Newport, Rhode Island as a work of urban art, from colonial times to the present, both documented and celebrated in the maps, paintings, photographs, poetry and prose of renowned artists and writers. To purchase a copy, please visit shopnewporthistory.com 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! Over the last few weeks, students have begun to return to school. This article, originally published in 1935, discusses the development of early schools 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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