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June 26, 2017


First Attested Black Mutual Aid Society in Nation Was Formed in Newport on November 10, 1780

Photo: Peter Bours house (47 Division Street), Location of AUS as early as 1781 On November 10, 1780, the African Union Society (AUS) of Newport, Rhode Island was established. It was the first attested Black Mutual Aid Society. Former slaves, including Newport Gardner and Pompe (Zingo) Stevens, were two of the leaders in creating the AUS. In

Local Legend Claims One Of The Most Famous Questions in History Was Formulated at Sachuest Beach

In 1728, after marrying Anne Forster (daughter of John Forster, Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas), Dr. George Berkeley, an Anglo-Irish philosopher moved from Ireland to America. Upon arrival he bought a plantation in Middletown, RI and spent three years in Newport and was much indebted to the members of the congregation at the Trinity Church.

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A Guide to the Private Clubs and Restaurants of Newport, RI

Pictured: The Newport Reading Room There are a number of Newport restaurants are hard to get into, not because they are too busy or “too cool for school” but because they require referrals or special memberships to enter. As you’ll see, some of these private establishments make their membership requirements and information about them very public,

20 Military Memorials, Monuments and Markers You Should Visit in Newport

These memorials, monuments and markers throughout Newport, RI document the trials, tribulations, battles, historical events and those Newporter’s lost while at battle. We hope that this will inspire you to visit an important marker, monument and memorial that more than likely has been an integral piece of our city and nations history. This story was originally

Cluny School Uncovers Photos From Early Years, Seeks Public’s Help Identifying Children in Photos

Last week, Cluny School uncovered an archive of approximately 30 photos from the early years of the schools founding, circa 1960. Cluny School is hoping locals can help identify family members, classmates and friends in the photos. Presently, staff in the Community Relations Office are scanning more photos, and they hope to publish the images in the coming

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Naval Station Newport Celebrates Rhode Island’s Maritime History on U.S. Navy’s 241st Birthday

Capt. Dennis Boyer, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, has sent out a state-wide message on the U.S. Navy’s 241st Birthday to Sailors, Veterans, family members and those who support them. The US Navy recognizes 13 October 1775 as the date of its official establishment — the date of the resolution of the Continental Congress

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40 Facts You Might Not Know About Newport, RI

The What’sUpNewp Crew has curated some weird, random, wonderful and fun facts about Newport, RI and Aquidneck Island. We hope you’ll find them interesting or at least learn something… This story was originally published on September 30, 2015; it has been republished due to popularity. 1 – The White Horse Tavern, standing since 1652, has

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Updated: The 25 Longest-Running Restaurants in Newport, RI

This story was originally published on September 25, 2015. It has been updated and republished. There are many Newport restaurants that have survived new ownership, economic meltdowns, hurricanes, the American Revolution, millions of tourists and the test of time. Many of these restaurants are filled with history and are considered institutions, landmarks and in most

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On This Day In Newport History – September 12, 1953: Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy Married in Newport, RI

Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, the future 35th President of the United States, and Jacqueline Bouvier were married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport on September 12, 1953. Its is estimated that between 750 – 800 guests, including many notable individuals attended the wedding on Spring Street and an additional 400 – 450 attended the reception at

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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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

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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

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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

Today In History – July 3, 1969: Newport Jazz Fest Experiments With Rock Music

The Newport Jazz Festival experimented with rock music for the first time on July 3, 1969. The festival’s 1969 program was an experiment in fusing jazz, soul and rock music and audiences. Its lineup included, besides jazz, Friday evening appearances by rock groups Jeff Beck, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ten Years After and Jethro Tull. Saturday’s schedule mixed jazz acts

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