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October 16, 2017

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Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower named official ‘WWI Centennial Memorial’

Earlier today, the United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library announced that the Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower in Newport was among the first 50 official “WWI Centennial Memorials” from their 100 Cites/100 Memorials program. Under the organization team of the Miantonomi Memorial Park Commission, City of Newport, American

Naval War College to host World War I period-accurate baseball game between Army-Navy at Cardines Field

The Naval War College has announced that they will host a period-accurate baseball game between Army-Navy on Friday, September 29th at Cardines Field in downtown Newport. The program is designed as “a fun event” with educational programming to mark the centennial of American involvement in World War I, and is being organized in close collaboration

Newport Restoration Foundation is ‘Rethinking Whitehorne’, seeks community input before making changes

The Newport Restoration Foundation’s Whitehorne House Museum has been a fixture of Lower Thames Street for almost 45 years, and it’s time for some change! NRF is inviting the public to join them in Rethinking Whitehorne through two free community open house events on September 18 and 30.   While Whitehorne House Museum has been closed in the

Newport Historical Society to host ‘Cider in 18th Century Newport: A History Space Event’ on September 23

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, join the Newport Historical Society for “Cider in 18th Century Newport: A History Space Event.” This free, interactive program features cider press demonstrations from expert Chris Hurley from 10 am-2 pm and the specialty walking tour “Rum and Revolution” at 11 am.   Peek inside the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House and learn about life in 18th century Newport. Hear

Celebrating the Real Meaning of Labor Day

While many people and families celebrate Labor Day with picnics, and as simply a day off from work, while media outlets are quick to talk about current workforce statistics, there are some that recognize Labor Day’s real origins, a holiday created at a time of widespread abuse of American workers in factories across the country.

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16 Popular Movies Filmed in Newport, RI

This story was originally published on September 2, 2015. According to IMDB, there are more than 100 films, documentaries and tv shows that credit Newport, Rhode Island as a filming location. Pay attention the next time you watch these 16 movies as they all contain scenes filmed in Newport, consider it a free and fun tour

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7 Newport museums collaborate on ’36 Hours in Newport’, a new tourism marketing site

36 Hours in Newport RI is enough time to see museums, go swimming or boating, sleep in luxury and eat very well. It is also the name of a new website, 36HoursInNewportRI.com,  offering free promotion of Newport and Bristol County events, activities, businesses, attractions, eateries, artisans, musicians, tour providers, arts and entertainment –  just about anyone who

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This Day In History: August 31, 1881 – Inaugural US Men’s Single Tennis Championships Is Played in Newport, RI

The inaugural U.S. National Championship took place in August 31, 1881 at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. In the first year of the tennis championships only clubs that were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association were permitted to enter. A Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles competition were played. The first

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On This Day In Newport History – August 27, 1995: Tiger Woods Wins 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship in Newport

In celebration of the U.S. Amateur Championship centennial, the Newport Country Club hosted the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship. At age 19, Tiger Woods became the ninth player to win back-to-back Amateur championships when he defeated  Buddy Marucci on August 27th at the 1995 US Amateur at Newport Country Club. Following an outstanding amateur and two-year college golf

Cities across the nation are considering removing Christopher Columbus statues, should Newport?

The recent violence in Charlottesville, racial tension across the nation and the current state of national politics has ignited (or reignited) a debate in State Houses, City Halls, Town Halls and in neighborhoods across the United States about monuments in local communities.Confederate-era and other controversial figures New York City, Buffalo, San Jose, San Francisco, Detroit and several

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On This Day In Newport History: August 23, 2000 – Newport’s Richard Hatch Wins Survivor

Survivor: Borneo, the first season of CBS’s Survivor, hosted its finale on August 23, 2000. After 39 days of competition, Richard Hatch, a corporate trainer from Newport,  was named the Sole Survivor and became Survivor‘s first millionaire. Nielsen reported that 125 million people watched at least some part of the finale. The show was filmed from

Fort Adams Trust will host Civil War Reenactment this weekend

On Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th the Fort Adams Trust will host a Civil War Living History Reenactment within the walls of Historic Fort Adams.  This two-day event includes Civil War living history activities bringing the sights and sounds of the Civil War to Newport. Events will begin at 9 a.m. on both days and include reenactors

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Today In Newport History: August 22, 1762 – Ann Franklin Takes Over Newport Mercury, Becomes First Female Editor in U.S.

This story was originally published on August 22, 2015. Ann (Smith) Franklin became the sole editor and publisher of  the Newport Mercury on August 22nd, 1762, making her the first female editor in the United States. The Newport Mercury, now a weekly entertainment publication, dates back to 1758 and is considered one of the oldest newspapers

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Annual Reading of George Washington’s Letter at Touro Synagogue Set for August 20th

The annual reading of George Washington’s historic letter “To the Hebrew Congregation at Newport” will take place on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Touro Synagogue. The letter, which honors American’s precious freedoms and religious tolerance, continues to be lauded and commemorated as possibly having the greatest impact on America and American Jewry. Light

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Revolutionary War Re-Enactment To Be Held in Downtown Newport on August 26th

On the afternoon of August 26, 2017, from noon to 5 pm, the Newport Historical Society will host its largest re-enactment yet—a British invasion inspired by events from the summer of 1777. The multi part program will feature something for everyone: re-enactment scenarios, a walking tour with rum tasting, and a family-friendly Spy Challenge. The British Occupation

Re-Live Jackie & JFK’s Newport Wedding at St. Mary’s Church

Each Tuesday at 3 pm, beginning July 11 and continuing through October 2017, one can now re-live that special day of September 12, 1953, when Jacqueline Bouvier married then Senator John F. Kennedy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Spring Street in Newport.   The Return to Camelot presentation features vintage film clips and a live performance of the music and hymns

Newport Historical Society’s Largest Reenactment to Date Will Focus on 1777 British Occupation

The Redcoats are coming! The Newport Historical Society invites the public to join them on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from noon until 5 pm for its largest reenactment to date, the 1777 British Occupation. During this free program, over 75 costumed interpreters will recreate aspects of life during the summer of 1777 in the heart of Newport’s Old Quarter.

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