Category Archive for: ‘New Aquisitions’

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    Extract of a 1768 letter about the Stamp Act in Newport

    The Historical Society recently acquired a 1768 copy of The Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser. This historic newspaper from Scotland includes an extract from a letter written in Newport pertaining to the events surrounding the 1765 Stamp Act. In this clip, transcribed below, an effort …

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    Newport Gardner letter

    The Newport Historical Society has an extensive collection of documents about Newport’s early history. Today the Society acquired a very important letter that further broadens its diverse collection. This letter was written by a late 18th and early 19th century African American Newporter named Occarmar …

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    1788 Almanac

    Recently we received a donation of an almanac printed in Newport in 1788 by Peter Edes, founder of the short-lived “Newport Herald.” The almanac was formulated by Quaker teacher Elisha Thornton of Smithfield, RI.  We have several other copies of this printing, but this one …

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    1892 Campaign Hat & Scarf

    These elements of a 19th century Uncle Sam costume have only a tangential Newport connection. But, in this patriotic town, with its deep roots in the American story, we know we will find an interpretive use for them. They were used as part of the …

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    Kay’s Shoes

      The Wilton Historical Society in Connecticut has added to our archive of materials related to 20th century business and fashion in Newport with a fabulous catalog of WWII-era shoes donated to them by Marie Wilcek Donahue. Kay’s Shoes on Thames Street did both and in-store …

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    18th Century Table Setting at Museum & Shop at Brick Market

                            On display for the holiday season at the Newport Historical Society’s Museum & Shop at Brick Market wss an elegant table setting in a recreated corner of an 18th century merchant’s parlor. The …

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