The Newport Historical Society cordially invites you to attend a culinary adventure on September 22, 2018, on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House to explore how people in Newport celebrated the end of the Great War.

During WWI, Aquidneck Islanders participated at all levels and the Navy base was a center of activity. On the “Home Front,” Victory Gardens were encouraged and “Farmerettes” worked the land. Rationing became a high priority and beef, flour, sugar, and milk were sent overseas. The Red Cross and various other organizations came together to support the troops, whether at home or abroad.

On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, United States citizens celebrated the end of the Great War. However, rations were still in effect as the United States continued to send food and support American troops overseas and Europeans in need.

Please join us for entertainment and libations of the time and a locally grown dinner much like those which were an essential part of the war effort. Saturday, September 22, 2018, cocktails at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House. The Audrain Automobile Museum will be showcasing cars of the period on the lawn and the 88th Army Band and the Lafayette Band will both be playing at different times that evening. The Colorguard will also be there honoring all branches of the military. And the Newport Historical Society is working with living historians who will be in costume and representing personas from 1918 for the evening.

For tickets, call 401-846-0813 x110 or purchase tickets online, see our calendar of events at for link to the ticketing site.

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