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History Bytes: The USO

The United Services Organization (USO) was founded in 1941 under President Franklin Roosevelt to provide entertainment and recreational facilities for American Servicemen. With federal grants, it merged the YMCA, Salvation Army and other existing social service organizations, specifically for the war effort. Newport had six USO sites including The

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Found: A First American Edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries

This post is contributed by Gabriella Angeloni, Supervisory Buchanan/Burnham Fellow

William Ellery’s complete four-volume set of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England was found tucked at the bottom of an uncatalogued box of books in NHS collections. This find is particularly exciting, as it is a

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History Byte: The Transit of Venus

In early June 1769, the Reverend Doctor Ezra Stiles (1727-1795) was compiling his “to do” list, reviewing sermons at his Second Congregational Church and, of course, preparing for the Transit of Venus. Newport’s greatest multi-tasker had transformed his quiet Clarke Street residence into a bustling astronomical observatory to watch

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