The continued expansion of the Redwood Library has become an important part of our story since the original wooden structure, now known as the Harrison Room, was constructed in 1750. Over a century later, the Reading Room was added in 1858 and the Delivery Room followed shortly after in 1875. In today's blog, we’ll take a look through the Redwood Archives at some of the views of the “Library That Wasn’t."
Connections are important in high society, especially family connections, and Annette Townsend Phillips benefited from her deep familial ties to Newport. Redwood Intern Allison Graves explores the life, family, and social spheres of Phillips using photos from the Newport Collection of Photographs.
Spring has officially arrived in Newport, which means April’s annual day of practical jokes is right around the corner and we’re celebrating with a look at the French poisson d’avril. Although every holiday provides us with an excuse to scour our collection of vintage holiday postcards, we take particular enjoyment in our April Fools’ Day selection of French postcards celebrating the April Fish or poisson d’avril.
Women’s History Month is often spent celebrating“firsts” because women have struggled to break into so many industries that each first is a small victory for the greater movement. Even in 2018, when equality is a part of the national conversation, there are still offices that women have not held and tables at which women have not been allowed to sit. These issues sometimes receive national attention, but they are just as important locally. For this reason, today we are celebrating a Newport first, the first woman to be elected to the Representative Council: Lina Post Webster.
On this last week of Black History Month, we pay tribute to an African-American athlete and trailblazer who is immortalized just down the road from the Redwood Library at the International Tennis Hall of Fame: Althea Gibson (1927-2003).
This past Wednesday, February 7th, we held our first Redwood Treasures event of the year. Out on display were books, objects, and manuscripts from all periods, generously given to the library throughout our history. They included examples of the 18th century history of Newport, printing history from the age of incunabulum through the 19th century, and the fascination early members had with understanding the world, the arts, and religion. If you missed the event, today we are presenting a brief round-up of some of the highlights and we’ll leave you with a promise that we will hold another Redwood Treasures event soon!
This week's blog post, by Redwood Library's Tour Coordinator/Technical Services Assistant Brandon Aglio, is in anticipation of next week's Redwood Treasures event! By the second half of the 18th century, any enjoyable meeting of associates or friends would be accompanied by punch and the collection of the Redwood Library has is a classic example, gifted by Ms. Ellen Townsend in 1883.
The replacements for the missing volumes from the Original Collection of the Redwood Library, which were lost as a result of the American Revolution, are worth our efforts in studying them for reasons beyond their ability to help us tell the story of the Redwood’s holdings. Each replacement volume is unique and comes to the Redwood Library with its own past that enriches our understanding of history.
Our first new exhibit of 2018 officially opened this week and in case you haven’t had a chance to come in and see it yet for yourself, here are a few select items from “Going Once, Going Twice: An Exhibition of New Acquisitions in the Redwood’s Special Collections.” The exhibit includes a Clagget Clock, replacement volumes to the Original Collection, a 16th century printed book of hours, donations to the Hamilton collection and for reference on French prints, oil paintings, and a sample of manuscripts, pamphlets, and printed materials acquired at an auction held this past fall.
The New Year is almost here! This Sunday night, 2017 will officially be over and a whole new year will begin. If, like us, you feel in need of some advice on how to properly approach 2018, we offer up a few lessons from The Gentleman’s New-Year’s-Gift: or Serious Advice to a Nephew (1792).