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Historic New England Presents The Newport Antiques Show’s 2013 Loan Exhibit Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of Historic New England NEWPORT, RI
June 8, 2013  | 

Since its founding in 2007, the Newport Antiques Show has supported Newport’s past and Newport’s future. The Show has raised over $1.2 million dollars to support the missions of the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, and is the only Show of its caliber with two beneficiaries. At the Show this July, a third non-profit with a unique connection will join forces with the Newport Antiques Show: Historic New England.

As regular Newport Antiques Show attendees know, the Show annually features a loan exhibit that is a major attraction. This summer Historic New England will present the 2013 exhibit, Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of Historic New England, which features the artifacts, archives and thirty-six historic sites that make up Historic New England’s collection which tells the rich stories of many New Englanders.

The exhibits featured in Windows on the Past have connections from across New England. Items to be exhibited will include: a delicate French marble and ormolu mantel clock from Barrett House in New Ipswich, New Hampshire; unusual silhouettes and ceramics from Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts; and vivid glassware from Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine. Furniture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs and architectural drawings will also be featured.

Historic New England’s Associate Curator Laura Johnson will provide an overview of their extensive jewelry collection during the lecture “Material Memories: Jewelry from the Collection of Historic New England” on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11am. Johnson will explore how New Englanders have used jewelry to tell the stories of their lives and will discuss exhibit highlights such as the plastic “pop” beads favored by folk art historian Nina Fletcher Little and an enameled butterfly brooch by London jewelers Child & Child.

“Jewelry can be far more than gems and gold,” Johnson explains. “Ornaments help all of us remember important moments, people, and places—from the birth of a child to weddings or even favorite vacation spots.” Johnson will present a range of items made from plastic, tin or glass such as the ambrotype brooch made by a Rhode Island man for his wife just after the Civil War.

Historic New England has a unique connection to the Newport Antiques Show. Joanne Hoops, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County director, states that, “The Club has had a wonderful partnership with Historic New England for over 50 years. Our summer camp, Camp Grosvenor, which serves hundred of children each summer, is located on the grounds of Casey Farm in Saunderstown—a property of Historic New England. Each summer children enjoy the wonders of a traditional camp experience—swimming, boating, archery, crafts, sports, and special activities—including a summer reading/experiential science program. Through the benefits of our collaboration with Historic New England the children are learning new skills—social, educational, and athletic—and they are also learning how to become good stewards of our environment.”

The Newport Antiques Show, which takes place at St. George’s School in Middletown, RI, runs July 26, 2013 through July 28, 2013; doors open at 10am. The Show kicks off with the Gala Preview Party on Thursday, July 25, 2013. General admission to the weekend Show costs $15 per person or $20 for a three day ticket; Gala tickets start at $150 per person.

About The Newport Antiques Show
The Newport Antiques Show, founded in 2007, is one of the country’s leading antiques and decorative arts shows. Proceeds benefit both the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. For more information please visit or call 401-846-2669.

About Historic New England
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It brings history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit

Visiting Newport
Here are suggestions for places to stay,eat and visit in Newport:

Pearls Boutique Hotels

The Hotel Viking

Jailhouse Inn

Fifth Element – Where bar meets grill.

Mad Hatter Bakery – Stop in and try Rhode Island’s best cupcakes.

Rhumbline – Enjoy the best Sunday brunch in town in this 18th century building located in the historic Point neighborhood.

Perro Salado – Mexican restaurant located in a historic 18th century house.

Pineapple’s on the Bay – Sit on the Hyatt patio, located on Goat Island, and enjoy the most scenic waterfront dining in town. A great place to visit at sunset.

White Horse Tavern – A historic restaurant that’s considered to be America’s oldest continuously operating tavern, c.1673

Things to Do
Bowen’s Wharf – A waterfront shopping destination.

Brick Market: Museum & Shop – Located in the 1762 Brick Market, the building houses the Museum of Newport History which offers an introduction to Newport’s three centuries of history.

Cliff Walk – Bring your camera, this scenic walk is a great way to enjoy the Rhode Island landscape.

Explore Historic Newport App - Can’t make it to Newport in person? You can visit virtually through the Newport Historical Society’s online app. 

Gansett Cruises – Tour Newport’s harbor about the M/V Gansett during a 90 minute cruise.

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum – The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum chronicles the history of tennis through its extensive collection of historic memorabilia, art and fashion. Located in the Newport Casino, designed by McKim, Mead & White.

Newport Art Museum – See contemporary and historic art inspired by the Newport region, located in the Griswold House designed by Richard Morris Hunt.

Newport History Tours – Daily walking tours that explore Newport’s Old Quarter. Redwood Library and Athanaeum – Visit America’s oldest lending library, established in 1747.

Rough Point – A 19th century mansion that was once the home of heiress Doris Duke and now features her collection centuries’ old antiques.

Viking Tours of Newport – Trolley tours of Newport.

Houses of Worship
Touro Synagogue & Loeb Visitors Center – The country’s oldest standing synagogue is virtually unaltered since its dedication in 1763. Its elegant sanctuary reflects its traditional Jewish worship practices brought to this country by refugees from the Inquisition. The Loeb Visitors Center exhibits tell the story of religious freedom in America, stories of Newport’s colonial Jewish community and the synagogue’s history.

Trinity Church – Tour this c.1726 church and see this building’s unique 18th century architecture.