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January 2017
$5

Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats focuses on food and foodways. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sarah Schumann for the January 26th, 2017 talk Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History. The shellfish in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s salt ponds have provided people with sustenance for over 2,000 years. Over time, shellfish have gained cultural significance, with their harvest becoming a family tradition and their shells offered as tokens…

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February 2017
FREE

Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Colony House, Washington Sqaure
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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In 1777, Newport was occupied by British troops and a blockade prevented trade to the island. A population with a sophisticated palate, used to trade goods from all over the word, was now forced to eat local. What did people eat 240 years ago to survive the harsh winter and war-torn environment? The Newport Historical Society will host costumed interpreters for Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event. They will share insight on what foods were eaten, when, and…

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The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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The Newport Historical Society’s current programming initiative Newport Eats aims to provide historical context for present ideas such as food sustainability, community development, and healthy eating. Keeping to this popular topic, the Society is pleased to host author Sue AnderBois for the February 23rd, 2017 talk The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You. Sue will discuss the soon-to-be released Rhode Island Food Strategy, how it was developed, some major key initiatives of the strategy, and…

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March 2017
$5

The Vernons of Newport in the River of Silver: US Slave Trading in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 1795-1809

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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US merchants brought slaves not just to the Caribbean and the North American colonies in the 18th century, but also to labor in South America. American merchants (almost all Rhode Islanders) played a significant role in the trade of slaves from Africa to the Río de la Plata in Argentina and Bolivia. While most enslaved Africans arrived in Buenos Aires and Montevideo via Brazil, American traders brought more slaves directly from Africa to the Río de la Plata than any…

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