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August 18, 2017


Newport’s History With The Circus: Host of the First Performance in the Country to Ringling Bros.

Feld Entertainment Inc., parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment, announced on Saturday that the iconic 146-year-old circus would hold its final performances later this year. Ringling Bros. two circus units will conclude their tours with their final shows at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

7 Places in Newport Tied to Jackie Kennedy

On January 20th, Jane Pickens Theater will begin showing JACKIE starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the First Lady famously tied to the City-by-the-Sea. Portman has been nominated for multiple awards for her intimate portrayal of Jackie in the difficult days immediately following her husband’s assassination. JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of

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Hear from Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of Newport Historical Society, at ‘Arts Around The Fire’ on January 17th

Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society, will be the special guest this month at Arts Around the Fire on Tuesday, January 17th from 6-8pm at Salvation Café’s Post & Beam room. Arts Around The Fire is Newport’s Arts and Cultural Alliance’s monthly networking event. Taylor will talk about what history is good for,

Newport Historical Society Will Host Abby Chandler to Discuss ‘The Life and Times of Martin Howard’

Mid-eighteenth century Newport resident Martin Howard was known for his outspoken opinions supporting King George. His sympathies towards the crown and views supporting the customs duties relating to the 1765 Stamp Act made him a targeted figure by the Sons of Liberty during the riots that took place that year. While many today might consider

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Fun, Interesting, Famous and Memorable Quotes About Newport, Rhode Island

{Photo via Frank G. Harris (1885)/Wikimedia Commons} Newport, RI has inspired many writers, celebrities, musicians and creative minds over the last several hundred years. While there’s never any shortage of things to say about The City-By-The-Sea, here are some of the most fun, interesting, famous and most memorable quotes about Newport, RI. ”One hundred years after the declaration

On This Day In Newport History: Touro Synagogue Dedicated on December 2, 1763

Tour Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, was dedicated during the Chanukah festival celebrations on December 2nd of 1763. According to the Touro Synagogue’s website, the dedication ceremony was a regional celebration attended not only by the congregation, but also by clergy and other dignitaries from around the colony including

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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