The Newport Historical Society has opened a new exhibit My small Ability” The Life and Work of William Claggettat their Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI which will be open to the public Monday -Friday 10am-3pm daily (excepting holidays and staff availability) until September 2019.

This exhibit was inspired by the newly released book “Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker” by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III. The book features three clockmakers William Claggett, his apprentice James Wady, and Thomas Claggett, a family member.

“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 printing Rhode Island currency, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.

This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of William Claggett clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum, “The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America,” up until April 2019. 

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