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Found: John Arnold’s Marine Timekeeper #4

A marine pocket watch, believed to have been made as part of the race to determine longitude at sea, was recently authenticated by curator of Horology, Rory McEvoy of the Royal Observatory, Royal Museums Greenwich, England. Mr. McEvoy verified that the pocket watch is #4 in a series of

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Director’s Note Fall 2016

The Newport Historical Society has loaned one of its most evocative artifacts to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which just opened in Washington, D.C. A religious spirit bundle, placed by an enslaved individual under the floorboards of his living space in Newport, is now on

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History Bytes: Newport Cabinetmakers

The Yale University Art Gallery recently unveiled the exhibit Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830 which features several pieces from the Newport Historical Society’s collections, including a side chair made by Job Townsend. The Townsends and their contemporaries the Goddards are renowned Newport cabinetmaking families

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