Newport Historical Society expands History Space initiative with a series of costumed interpretation programs at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House

Chris Electric

This summer the Newport Historical Society expands the popular History Space initiative with a series of costumed interpretation programs at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, with expert historical interpreter Seán O’Brien. On dedicated dates in July, August and September, O’Brien will discuss specific themes relating to colonial Newport while sharing details about early life in this historic seaport.

Saturday July 6, 2019 and Monday July 15, 2019 – 18th Century Tailoring

What were men wearing at the time of the American Revolution? Discuss 18th century menswear while learning about historical fashion and the related tailoring techniques for breeches, men’s shirts, waistcoats and jackets.

Saturday August 3, 2019 and Monday August 19, 2019 – The Newport Stamp Act Protest

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Hear about the events that occurred in Newport leading up to the August 1765 Stamp Act Protest while discussing loyalist Martin Howard who lived in the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House in the mid-18th century.

Saturday September 7, 2019 – Visit the Apothecarist

Discuss ailments and related remedies that would have been available in colonial Newport through the lens of Dr. Hunter while learning about the role of an apothecarist in a growing colonial seaport.

Seán O’Brien, a teacher and living historian who spends his time moving between the 18th and early 20th centuries, is a regular participant in the Newport Historical Society’s History Space events. He has portrayed lead roles ranging from loyalist Martin Howard during the Stamp Act Protest (2015) to Governor Ward during the Naval Impressment (2016) and Dr. Hunter during a recreated medical lecture (2018). He earned his M.A. in 18th Century Studies from the University of York, in northern England, where his dissertation focused on the self-identity of military surgeons in the British Army. He currently resides in Salem, MA.

All programs run from 11am to 3pm at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway, Newport, RI. Admission is by donation.

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