Newport, RI – The Newport Historical Society invites the public to join them on Thursday, December 13 at 4 pm at the Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI for its Annual Meeting. View the launch of the Society’s new website,, and hear a lecture “The Vintner and the Indian,” by Dr. Elaine Forman Crane. This event is free, donations welcome. After Dr. Crane’s lecture, join the Newport Historical Society at their Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI at 6:30pm for the official exhibit opening of “My small Ability” The Life and Work of William Claggett and browse a selection of gifts for the holidays from the Museum of Newport History Shop, including the newly released book “Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker” by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III. The book, which inspired the exhibition, features three clockmakers William Claggett, his apprentice James Wady, and Thomas Claggett, a family member

The Newport Historical Society’s new website was designed to reflect the Society’s
re-branding of this past year and will be more aligned to user preference in this digital age.

Dr. Elaine Forman Crane is a Distinguished Professor of History at Fordham University. She has authored several publications about history in Newport, including “Skirting the Law: Women and the Legal System in early Rhode Island,” Newport History (Spring 1996), 173-184, A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era (New York: Fordham University Press, 1985; paperback, 1992), and her latest book, The Poison Plot: A Tale of Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018). Dr. Crane’s lecture at the Annual Meeting will feature a story about a wine merchant and his servant titled “The Vintner and the Indian.”

“My small Ability” exhibit will highlight the works and life of William Claggett set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760.  Featured items will include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printingRhode Island currency, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House (see the accompanying image.) This exhibit will be open with limited hours (while the Resource Center is open for business, generally weekdays 9am-4pm, but that can change due to staffing) until September 20, 2019.

This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of William Claggett clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum.

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