As you plan your upcoming weeks, consider taking a look into the past. These unique events take a look at some of Newport's most important historic events, making them perfect for your inner history buff. 


Newport Designs: The Art of Architecture, Landscape and Planning Exhibition

Ongoing: Now through April 30, 2016

This exhibition exemplifies the many ways that architects and designers use art to envision and create architecture, and also the ways in which architecture continues to inspire artists and craftsmen. The works selected here range across media and periods, from historic pieces loaned by Newport institutions to designs hot off the drawing boards (and computers) of architects working in Newport today.

A collaboration between The Newport Architectural Forum and The Redwod Library and Athenaeum. Details.


Living History Immersion: Field Forge and Hearth

Ongoing: Now through April 22, 2016

Learn to live like a tenant farmer in the 18th-century at Coggeshall Farm Museum. Care for heritage breed livestock, including American Milking Devon cattle, Gulf Coast Native sheep, Narragansett turkeys and "dunghill" chickens. Become a blacksmith's apprentice, cook your meals over an open hearth, mend fences and stone walls, process wood, clear paths and learn how to plant an heirloom garden. Depending on the temperature, maple sugaring may be offered. Sleeping accommodations are extremely rustic; sleeping bags required (pillows and sleeping mats optional).


The Stamp Act in Newport  : How the World Heard the News as Reported in American & British Newspapers

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:30pm | Newport Historical Society Resource Center  

This month marks the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act, one of the first direct taxes imposed on American colonists. This tax sparked a series of riots in colonial cities, including Newport, and is considered one of the first conflicts in the American Revolution. To commemorate this milestone, Don N. Hagist will present a talk exploring how newspapers reported the tension and turmoil in Newport from the time the Stamp Act was passed in 1765 until it was repealed in 1766. Details.

$5 General admission; $1 NHS members, active duty and retired military with ID
RSVP to 401-846-0813 x110 or 


Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden Lecture and Book Signing 

Friday, April 1, 2016 | 6:00pm 

Join Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, as he reveals stories of Jefferson and his Monticello garden drawn from his latest book, 'A Rich Spot of Earth': Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello (2012).  This work provides valuable insights for all gardeners and was named Book of the Year of the American Horticultural Society, honored by the Garden Writers of America, and named one of 2012's "top 10 books on sustainability" according to the journal of the American Library Society. In it Hatch reveals how Monticello became an experimental laboratory featuring new and unusual vegetable novelties from around the globe. And he demonstrates the ways in which Jefferson's support of farmer's markets and vegetable cookery continues to inspire the farm to table movement today. Details.

Free, donations welcomeBook tickets online or contact Liz for reservations, 401.846.4152 x122 or


Food, Faith & Fellowship in Colonial New England 

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:30pm | Newport Historical Society Resource Center  

What did breaking bread mean to the Puritan settlers of New England? Join us for an April talk with Lori Stokes, Ph.D. to answer this question.

The earliest English settlers believed that even the humblest of meals had symbolic meaning and spiritual power. Lori Stokes will explore what food and dining meant to Puritan forebears and offer a better understanding of their definition of community. She will review their practical cooking techniques, some of which persisted in New England for hundreds of years (anyone grow up eating boiled vegetables?), while others persist in new forms-for example, the Puritans were early advocates of eating mindfully. From the spirituality of food to the brass-tacks of cooking in a colonial kitchen, attendees can enter the world of 17th-century Puritan foodways and "sit down" at their tables for a lively conversation. Details.

$5 General admission; $1 NHS members, active duty and retired military with ID
RSVP to 401-846-0813 x110 or 


The Road to the Automobile Newport & The New Machine

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:30pm | Newport Historical Society Resource Center  

First conceived in 19th-century Europe, the automobile in America quickly became one of the most revolutionary technologies in history, altering the culture and economy while transforming people's daily lives. This April, G. Wayne Miller, author of Car Crazy: The Battle for Supremacy Between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age, will present The Road to the Automobile. Details.

$5 General admission; $1 NHS members, active duty and retired military with ID
RSVP to 401-846-0813 x110 or 


Time Well Spent: Clockmaking in Colonial America

Friday, June 5, 2016 | 1:45pm - 5:00pm | Redwood Library

An afternoon of fascinating presentations and discussion by a panel of five experts on the following topics:

  • The Impact of Timekeeping on Civilization
  • Far From Equilibrium: The Structural and Historical Clock Shop
  • Clocks and Science in Early America
  • A Recent Discovery
  • Exceptional Clocks and Clockmakers of Rhode Island: 1725-1825

$175 per person for seminar and dinner. Details.