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Starting on Wednesday August 24, award winning architectural historian John Tschirch will begin his lecture series titled “The Great English House”. The series visits four remarkable homes famed for their design, collections, and legendary occupants. Each house is a time capsule of English history beginning with the Elizabethan Era.

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Between 1620 and 1636 colonists from England began settling the land of what would become the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. History books tell tales of these brave men and women coming to the New World with nothing more than their religious zeal or a sense of new business ventures. Their goal was to make a better life for themselves and their descendants and in that regard most were successful. They began shaping the land as they saw fit, building public houses, places of worship and most importantly their own private dwellings, that would all soon evolve into the major cities that we know of today. The designs of these buildings were directly influenced by two factors; architecture that these colonists had come in contact with back in Europe and the resources that could be readily found at the site of the new colony.

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Beatrix Potter, renowned children’s book author of the early twentieth century, led a much more interesting life than many people know, or would expect from the soft and cuddly images that accompany her work. Helen Beatrix Potter was born July 28, 1866 to a distinguished and privileged family.

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The Redwood has been home to many readers, one of our most famous is poet Emma Lazaruz (1849-1887). The Lazarus family had a summer home here in Newport, "The Beeches" at 647 Bellevue Avenue. However, her family ties to Newport go much further, her great-great grandmother on her mother’s side, Grace Seixas Nathan, was the sister of famed Touro Synagogue leader,Seixas (known for his correspondence with Gen. Washington).

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Did you know that the Redwood Library has not one, but two letters signed by Thomas Jefferson?

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To celebrate our upcoming holiday weekend, and in order to reflect on the meaning and cost of American independence, we have chosen to feature some stanzas from “A Poem, on the Fourth of July, 1798” by John Miller Russell.

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While Independence Day might not be here yet, we are kicking off the Fourth of July weekend by celebrating the lives of our Founding Fathers. We created a list of great reads that showcase the remarkable personalities that created our country. Do you have any favorites we left out?

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What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then by picking up a book about the American Revolution? While numerous books have been written on this struggle for independence, we've have compiled a list of our 15 favorite books on the topic. What is your favorites?

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Patriots and Loyalists had a tense and violent relationship in the years leading up to the Revolution. Did you know that fifteen men were banished from Newport in July of 1776 for being loyal to the crown? Click here to read more!

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Practical Lawn Tennis, published originally in 1893, provides a guide on the basics of the sport for any skill level; with helpful time-lapse photographs, diagrams and tips from the author, a registered doctor. While some of this advice may seem odd to the modern player, this book is a valuable resource in tennis history and game play. Click here to read more.

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