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Found: Florence Foster Jenkins recital program

After discovering a recital program among a collection of ephemera, NHS staff have learned that Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), the flamboyant and notoriously tone-deaf soprano singer recently portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film Florence Foster Jenkins, performed at the Newport Historical Society on the afternoon of September 5, 1941.

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“An Evening of Culinary Indulgence & 18th Century Culture”

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On Saturday September 17, 2016, the Newport Historical Society presented An Evening of Culinary Indulgence & 18th Century Culture at the 1739 Colony House. The event recreated aspects of a colonial-era festive family meal using 18th century recipes. Cocktails and drinks such as Colonial Fish House Punch and

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History Bytes: Old Port Days

In the 1920s, Newporters looked internally to their own origins and the birth of the nation. Colonial revival decoration and architecture were increasingly popular and the great period of the 18th century was celebrated with festivals, house tours, music and costumes.

Old Port Days began in 1929 as an

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