Category Archive for: ‘FOUND!’

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    Found: Ojibwa Dictionary

    This small volume is an Ojibwa language word book published in the 1830s to help missionaries on American Indian reservations. It was owned by Dr. William Thornton Parker. Born in Boston, Dr. Parker trained in medicine here and in Europe. On returning to the U.S., …

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    Found: Musical Book

    This small book of music is entitled Recueil de Chœurs en Chiffres, French for Collections of Chorales in Figures.  It is hand-written, dated to 1850, and contains a number of well-known melodies from operas of Rossini and Mozart as well as common tunes like God …

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    Found: Tabletop Piano

    A tabletop piano dating to 1783 was recently rediscovered in the Newport Historical Society’s furniture collection. According to the maker’s mark inscribed just above the keyboard, the instrument was made by Phillipus Schmidt of London. The actual strings and keyboard are encased in a box that …

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    Found: Men’s Shoes

    This pair of men’s shoes was found under the floorboards of the courtroom of the Colony House in October 2013. Experts locally and regionally have examined the photographs and tell us that: The shoes are turnshoe construction and most likely made for indoor wear, but …

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    Found: Rough & Ready Trumpet

    The Newport Historical Society is home to a number of historic instruments, including this ceremonial valve-less trumpet dated to 1873.  According to the piece’s inscription, it was given to the Rough and Ready Engine Company No.2 by D.S. Mayberry.  Northwest of the where Cardines Field …

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    Found: 17th Century Music

    The Newport Historical Society is home to an impressive collection of sheet music, manuscripts, and full scores from Newport’s early musical events.  Tucked between these 19th and 20th century items, we recently found chant music dated to the mid-17th century.  While religious chant was originally …

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    Found: Singers’ Assistant

    In an effort to simplify worship and distinguish themselves from the lavishness of the Catholic Church and Church of England, many early American religions followed texts derived directly from the Bible, such as the Book of Common Prayer and later, the Bay Psalm Book. The …

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    Found: Battle of Rhode Island Retreat Order

    On 28 August 1778 General Sullivan ordered the American forces on Aquidneck Island to retreat to the north and hold positions at Butt’s Hill, with flanks on the east road and west road. This document, signed by Adjutant General William Peck, forwards orders to Colonel …

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    Found: Aaron Lopez Account Books

    Laura Parrish, Associate Librarian at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, contacted the Newport Historical Society to help authenticate a suspected Aaron Lopez account book in their collections. We were able to do so by comparing the account balance of Mary Tomlin in their …

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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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