Newport: A Concise History

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Curious about the history of Newport? Dive into this comprehensive guide to uncover the city's intriguing past!

This revised edition of Newport: A Concise History tells a more inclusive story of Newport's past with the aid of new scholarship and images. Beginning with the area's first Indigenous inhabitants, this book explores Newport's colorful history, uncovering the traditions and innovations that shaped the city. Founded in 1639 by religious dissenters, Newport became a thriving seaport in the eighteenth century. Yet the town's success as a center of commerce derived from the enslavement of Africans who were captured and brought to Newport unwillingly. In the ensuing centuries, this city has undergone periods of economic distress and phases of rejuvenation, evolving into one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the country. As Newport forges into the twenty-first century, we look to history to commemorate and celebrate the City-by-the-Sea.

The Newport Historical Society is a multifaceted, history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs--exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats--to transmit information and open dialogues with the public about history.

By the staff of the Newport Historical Society, edited by Elizabeth C. Stevens. Published by The History Press, 160 pages, paperback. 

Release date: May 13, 2024.

Pre-order now! Be among the first 24 to pre-order "Newport: A Concise History" and win an exclusive experience this summer!
Inside A Concise History
This 1-hour long tour will bring visitors through NHS’ collections storage spaces at the Richard I. Burnham Resource Center. NHS curatorial staff (contributors to the newest edition of Concise History) will walk visitors through the back of the house collections areas and give an overview of NHS’ rich collections. Throughout the program objects and manuscripts featured in Newport: A Concise History will be highlighted.  
This special experience will occur on three dates:
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Thursday, August 15, 2024
After pre-ordering your copy, if you are among the first 24, we will reach out to coordinate!

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    Newport: A Concise History

    Posted by Chip Lund on 13th May 2024

    This is the best history of Newport I have read. It covers the early days to modern times in an informative easy-to-read manner. I highly recommend this book interested in learning about Newport history without having to read a 500-page book.

  • 5

    Posted by Matt on 13th May 2024

    An amazing book that skillfully highlights Newport's rich history, offering a more inclusive narrative that encompasses the diverse voices and experiences that have shaped the city over time.