Current Exhibits

"My small Ability" The Life and Work of William Claggett

Location: NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport

Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm

Through September, 2019

Inspired by the newly released book Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III, “My small Ability” highlights the works and life of William Claggett, set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760.  Featured items include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printing Rhode Island currency, original manuscripts, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House. View some highlights in the slideshow below.

This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of Claggett and Wady clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum, on display until April 2019.

Museum of Newport History Exhibits

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Since its inception in 1993, the multidimensional Museum of Newport History at the Brick Market has examined Newport County’s history through the use of images, objects, and texts. The items on display at the Museum make up less than five percent of the Newport Historical Society’s collection, which includes over 10,000 objects, 500 paintings, prints, and maps, and 200,000 photographs.

Exhibits feature James Franklin’s printing press, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha, photographs, furniture, colonial silver, paintings, objects of daily life and more, all from the collections of the Newport Historical Society. With the use of these items, the Museum interprets Newport from its colonized settlement in 1639 through the twentieth century.

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Craftsmen and Consumers: Transatlantic Commerce in 18th Century Newport

Location: Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, Newport

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Through September, 2019

This exhibition explores Newport’s budding prominence in the transatlantic trade networks of the 18th century. Newporters participated in the trade system both as consumers of imported goods and creators of good for the export market. Showcased here are examples of luxury items purchased by residents from abroad and created by Newport craftsmen for sale both at home and overseas.

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