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    Feb 14-23, 2014: Winter Festival Historic Site Tours

    Historic Sites Tours Offered daily February 14-23, 2014 11am-3pm During the 2014 Newport Winter Festival, tour one of the Newport Historical Society’s colonial-era sites. The Colony House, built in 1739, was a center for Rhode Island’s colonial government and houses a Gilbert Stuart portrait of …

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    Feb 19, 2014: Revolutionary Newport Family Program

    February 19, 2014 at 10am Colony House, Washington Square $5 per person, $4 with the Newport Winter Festival button Visit the 1739 Colony House and participate in a brief reader’s theater skit focused on the 1765 Stamp Act riot in Newport. Meet a first person …

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    Feb 6, 2014: Hidden History of Rhode Island & the Civil War

    February 6, 2014 at 5:30pm Colony House, Washington Square $5 per person, $1 NHS members RSVP to 401-841-8770 The smallest state to defend the Union and one far from the battlefront, Rhode Island’s stories of the Civil War are often overlooked. The Newport Historical Society …

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    Jan 18-20, 2014: Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend Tours

    Saturday January 18, 2014 at 11am Rogues & Scoundrels: See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogues Island.” Sunday January 19, 2014 at 11am Road to Independence: Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn …

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    2013 Holiday Tours

    Holiday Lantern Tour November 15 – November 30, 2013 on Fridays & Saturdays at 4:30pm December 5 – December 28, 2013 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30pm Learn the history of winter holiday traditions on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s streets and hear how …

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    Found: Pencil Sketch of a Woman

    This interesting pencil sketch was donated to the NHS in the 1980s by Sarah Smith. We know nothing more about it. It is beautifully done, on older paper, and looks to us like it might have been copied from a painting. We hope to find …

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    The Spectacle of Toleration

    Visit www.spectacleoftoleration.org It is much in their hearts (if they may be permitted), to hold forth a lively experiment, that a most flourishing civill state may stand and best bee maintained, and that among our English subjects, with a full libertie in religious concernements… – …

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    Online Collections Data

    The Newport Historical Society has begun to place collections data online as part of our Lost & Found project.  The collections are in a searchable database that can be accessed by clicking the sampler below. As of December 2011 about 2,400 objects, and 1,500 photos are …

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    History Bytes: Pearl Harbor & Newport

    December 7th marks the seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor;  the effect of this event on Newport’s vast Naval presence was immediate. Long time Naval War College professor Admiral William Satterlee Pye (1880-1957) was immediately placed in command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet …

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    History Bytes: The Guns of the Colonial Sloop Tartar

    In order to address hostilities during the time of King George’s War, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to build a sloop in 1740. She was 115 tons and cost  L#8,679, and was named the Tartar, after the H.M.S. Tartar which visited from England in …

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