This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of William Claggett clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum, “The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America,” up until April 2019.

The Newport Historical Society has opened a new exhibit My small Ability” The Life and Work of William Claggettat their Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI which will be open to the public Monday -Friday 10am-3pm daily (excepting holidays and staff availability) until September 2019.

This exhibit was inspired by the newly released book “Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker” by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III. The book features three clockmakers William Claggett, his apprentice James Wady, and Thomas Claggett, a family member.

“My small Ability” exhibit will highlight the works and life of William Claggett set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760.  Featured items will include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printing Rhode Island currency, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.


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This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of William Claggett clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum, “The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America,” up until April 2019. 

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