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Newport Historical Society

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February 2018

Colonial Career Fair: A Living History Event

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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In the mid-18th century, Newport was the fifth wealthiest city in colonial America. What jobs were people doing that helped the city become so successful? On Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 10am-1pm, join the Newport Historical Society to learn how people made their living. During this colonial career fair, costumed interpreters will represent different occupations that would have been present in this seaport. Jobs range from tradespeople like a printer, milliner and leather worker to merchants such as a toy…

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March 2018

Hidden Presence: God’s Little Acre and Beyond

March 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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Evidence of the history of African Americans in New England from the 18th and 19th centuries is found in many historic burial grounds and cemeteries in the region, with the most significant and extensive of these sites being God’s Little Acre in Newport. On Thursday March 8, 2018, at 5:30pm, historian and author Glenn Knoblock will discuss some of these historic sites, including the burying ground in Newport. Through these oft-times forgotten or neglected sites and the gravestones found within,…

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June 2018

The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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Two days after Christmas in 1738, a British merchant ship traveling from Rotterdam to Philadelphia grounded in a blizzard on the northern tip of Block Island. The 105 passengers and crew on board—sick, frozen, and starving—were all that remained of the 340 men, women, and children who had left their homeland the previous spring. Shortly after the wreck, rumors began to circulate that the passengers had been mistreated by the ship’s crew and by some of the islanders. The stories…

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