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.


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

This episode of History at Home explores the question, “What can the past teach us that’s relevant to today?” with April Thomas. An expert seamstress and proprietress of Fashions Revisited, April is also the Director of Historic Foodways at Dills Tavern in Pennsylvania. 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! The approach of summer often brings more cars to town. What if there was another way to explore the city? This week’s article from Newport History features the trolley car days of Newport. A new article will be made available weekly, but access to our complete archive is included with NHS Membership.
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Spotlight — Historic New England

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 highlighting Historic New England’s ‘A Time to Remember’ initiative. In an effort to record and document how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people’s lives at home, they are soliciting submissions of media, items, and journal entries. Click the link below to learn more!


Subscribe to History

Like what you’ve seen so far? Become a member to stay up to date with our latest content, and receive reduced admission for tours, programs lectures and events. Members also benefit from discounted rates on research services, and a 20% discount on purchases made at the Museum & Shop! Click the button below to learn more.