Newport Historical Society will host events, tours during Newport Winter Festival

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The Newport Historical Society will take part in the annual Newport Winter Festival from Saturday, February 16th through Sunday, February 25th, 2019. The Newport Historical Society activities are as follows:

Open Daily 10:00am – The Museum of Newport History & Shop

Exhibits by the Newport Historical Society offer an engaging introduction to Newport from the 1600s through the Gilded Age. Ask about our family friendly self-guided tour activity, “Junior Curator.” The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport RI, (401) 841-8770. Admission to the museum is by donation. Receive a 20% shopping discount with Newport Winter Festival button.

All tours begin at The Museum of Newport History & Shop. $15 per person, $12 with Newport Winter Festival bracelet, $10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests.  Weather permitting; space is limited. (401) 841-8770.

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Open Daily 10:ooam – 3:00pm – My small Ability” The Life and Work of William Claggett

Inspired by the newly released book Claggett: Newport’s Illustrious Clockmaker by Donald L. Fennimore & Frank L. Hohmann III, “My small Ability” highlights the works and life of William Claggett, set against the backdrop of Newport 1715-1760.  Featured items include tall case clocks, clothing, maps, a mahogany board, copperplates manufactured and used by Claggett for printing Rhode Island currency, original manuscripts, and the Claggett wall clock in the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House. The exhibit will be on display until September 2019.

This exhibit is running in coordination with an exhibit of Claggett and Wady clocks at the Redwood Library & Athenæum, on display until April 2019.

Saturday, February 16

10:00am – 1:00pm – A Revolutionary Spinning Bee: A Newport Historical Society History Space Event

On Saturday, February 16 join a team of living historians portraying Daughters & Sons of Liberty as they recreate one of the many political protest spinning bees that took place in Newport in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. Costumed interpreters will card wool, spin the wool, and discuss the process of weaving to create fabric and will share insights on life in colonial Newport, discuss the non-importation agreements and explain why women would take the time to make homespun fabric instead of purchasing it.

Watch our social media pages and website events calendar page on NewportHistory.org for updates and additions to this program.

This program takes place at the Colony House on Washington Square, Newport, RI. Admission is free, donations welcome.

11:00am – Road to Independence Walking Tour

Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American       Revolution.

Sunday, February 17

11:00am – Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.

Monday, February 18

11:00am – Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour

See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited, and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”

Tuesday, February 19

11:00am – Road to Independence Walking Tour

Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution.

Wednesday, February 20

11:00am – Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.

Thursday, February 21

11:00am – Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour

See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited, and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”

Friday, February 22

11:00am – Road to Independence Walking Tour

Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution.

Saturday, February 23         

            11:00am – Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.

Sunday, February 24

11:00am – Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour

See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited, and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”

For more information, visit www.NewportHistory.org.


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