Newport's collection of historic homes isn't just reserved to the Gilded Age mansions that line our coastline and bustling streets. Travel through the point section on any given day and you'll find it looks just as it did 200 years ago, with colonial era homes still in their glory. Many of our antique properties are currently owned and resided in daily, and if you happen to be one of those lucky owners, you know maintenance of it is extremely pertinent. That's why the Preservation Society of Newport County's winter lecture series, "Historic House, Historic Home," is aimed towards providingextensive advice for owners of antique properties. Preservation experts from Historic New England and Preserve Rhode Island will explain the value of preservation easements to provide legal protection for a property, how to choose the right paint shade, restore a window or repoint a chimney, and how life was lived in the 18th & 19th centuries. Admission for each lecture is $5 for Preservation Society members, $10 for non-members. Advance reservations are required. Reservations can be made onlineor by calling 401.847.1851. Thursday, February 11, 2016 12 pm|Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI Period-Appropriate Exterior Paint Colors for Your Historic House Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, Historic New England Learn how historic paint color relates to the character of your historic house. Regardless of the age of your home, the character and appearance of the house can be enhanced through traditional paint placement and the use of colors that relate to its architectural style.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 12pm | Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI Protecting Your Historic Property with a Preservation Easement Val Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island Preservation easements are a little-used tool to protect historic places in RI. This lecture will introduce and explain Preserve Rhode Island's new initiative to assess historic properties that are adjacent to conserved land as candidates for easements. Protecting properties that are adjacent to conserved land is one of the most effective ways to protect the scenic and historic character of Aquidneck Island, and will provide future legal protections for your historic home.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 12pm | Isaac Bell House, 70 Perry Street, Newport, RI The Lost Art of Etiquette Megan L. MacNeil, Social Historian & Registrar, Historic New England This lecture will be based on Phillips family documents (Phillips House is one of Historic New England's properties), including journals, diaries, calendars and letters. Learn about letter writing etiquette, how to pay a visit and when to leave a calling card - expected behavior for different members of the Phillips family and their household staff - as well as proper dining room and parlor etiquette during the period between the 1880s and 1940s.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12pm |Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI Maintaining Your Old House Joseph Cornish, Supervising Preservation Services Stewardship Manager, Historic New England Whether your home is one or one hundred years old, completing an annual inspection of the building and undertaking routine maintenance in a timely manner will go a long way to preventing future expensive repairs. This lecture will focus on what to look for when inspecting the exterior and interior of historic buildings, and how to appropriately correct problems and repair historic building fabric.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 12pm |Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in New England Dr. Jennifer Pustz, Museum Historian, Historic New England Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground.