After the Revolutionary War, Robert Rogers (1758-1835) became a proprietor of the Redwood Library and began a commitment to the company that he would honor throughout his life. He dedicated much of his time to serving the Redwood, and the greater Newport community.
The defining moment for our country was the American Revolution. A loose coalition of former colonies successfully overthrow a much stronger empire, the first time such an action happened against Great Britain and cementing in world history the rise of the United States of America. Come down to the Redwood Library to check out one of the books below and learn more about the early years of the Revolution when most were still unsure if the great American experiment would even get started.
On this day in history, April 7, 1780, William Ellery Channing was born in Newport, Rhode Island. A prominent Unitarian preacher, his family’s roots in Newport extend back to the beginning of the 18th century through a series of influential men named “William Ellery.”
The calendar has been turned to April and spring weather has finally arrived. The grass has been cut, the air carries on it the smell of hotdogs and popcorn and fans eagerly await the moment their teams take the field. Whether you are a fan of the Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, or Red Sox, Opening day is always one of the biggest games of the year. Come celebrate the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball Season by checking out some of the books below.
In the Harrison Room of the Redwood Library there stands a clock that was crafted by one of colonial America’s most well-known clockmakers: William Claggett. While few of his clocks are still in existence, they are remembered today for their craftsmanship and invention. According to an invoice in one of our manuscript collections, he even found time to accept an appointment by the Rhode Island General Assembly to engrave and print paper currency to prevent counterfeiting.
In early Newport society, many of the most prominent men belonged to the Redwood Library and their membership was later continued by their sons. It was clearly something of a family tradition to belong to and support the library, especially in the beginning, such as with the Banister family.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Since 1956, the large Irish population of Newport has celebrated the holiday with a parade through the streets filled with pipe bands, marching bands, and local organizations.While the parade is over this year, read along for an exploration of some of the history of the Irish in Newport.
March is Women’s History Month and this past Wednesday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights. This year’s theme is Women in the Changing World of Work, highlighting the ongoing economic gender gap. To continue this theme, we are featuring a Rhode Island artist of enduring talent who spent most of her life working in obscurity and struggling against poverty and racism: Nancy Elizabeth Prophet.