The Colony House bell, rung every Friday since mid-April as a signal that Newport is united in response to the pandemic, will ring for the last times for this period on Friday, June 26, 2020 and Saturday, July 4, 2020.

#Newporttogether was established to support the City in quarantine; as we begin to return to a more open life, it is time to end the initiative. The NHS would like to offer our members an unusual opportunity: a chance to ring the bell! If you are a current member go to and enter the drawing to be one of the two members picked to ring the bell. The names will be picked live on the NHS Facebook on Wednesday June 24th and Wednesday, July 1st.

If you are not a member and would like to sign up, subscribe to history today with a membership in the Newport Historical Society at, then enter the drawing. Participants must be adults, able to climb three sets of staircases with no help, agrees to wear a mask and abide by social distancing guidelines, and agree to be filmed while ringing the bell.

If you have any questions about this, please email or call 401-846-0813 x110.

About the Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit

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