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Due to construction, NHS Headquarters will be closed through summer 2015. In the meantime, many of our collections are accessible through our online collections catalog, Gladys.

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History Bytes: Honora Pyne

One of the oldest gravestones in St. Joseph’s Catholic churchyard on Barney Street was made for Honora Pyne (1765-1835), an Irish immigrant from Charleston, SC. The daughter of O’Brien and Margaret Smith, she was born in Tavistock, Ireland. She and her husband John Pyne emigrated to Charleston in 1808 and

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Director’s Notes Spring 2015

When historians engage in debate about the nature and importance of their work, does the public care?

This year, historians are talking about whether the creation of large, clear narrative stories about the past is a useful and even ethical exercise. The concern is that these stories create a

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History Bytes: Ice Harvesting

As Newport emerges from this year’s ice age, the fresh water ponds will start to thaw. During the coldest years of the last century, the ponds provided ice for Aquidneck Island residents. Cut into 24 x 30 inch blocks, the ice was hauled into large ice houses, packed in

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