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August 18, 2017

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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.

Newport Historical Society will host Co-Authors of ‘World War II Rhode Island’

Rhode Island’s contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. Newport’s and Aquidneck Island’s contributions alone included the nation’s most important torpedo production facilities, a naval training station for some 500,000 sailors, and a PT boat training center at Melville. Civilians, including for the first time many women, did their part by manufacturing military equipment

Thirteen of Newport’s Historic Houses of Worship Will Participate in ‘First Freedom Open House’ on July 4th

Celebrate the role of Newport’s historic religious communities in developing America’s commitment to Freedom of Religion. In a special celebration of freedom of religion, thirteen of Newport’s historic houses of worship are offering a unique open house tour on the Fourth of July, 2017. The “First Freedom Open House Tour” offers the public an opportunity

Duchess and Violet Quamino Gravestones Return to Newport’s Common Burying Ground

Two historic gravestones, Duchess and Violet Quamino, have been restored and returned to Newport’s Common Burying Ground, according to Lewis Keen, a member of Newport,s Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission. “Work on these stones was approved by the Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission in December 2016 and lovingly undertaken by Dr. Robert Russell of Salve University.  Dr.

Newport Historical Society to present “Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society”

Described by some scholars as the “first professional orchestra” in the US, the Germania Musical Society toured nationally with the most celebrated virtuosi of the era and played a particularly vibrant role in the cultural landscape of Newport, where they resided each summer during their existence as a touring ensemble. On Thursday, April 6th, at

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