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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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As the year comes to a close and we pass through the holidays, your Redwood Librarians have been revisiting some of our favorite treasures in our collection as we make plans for the new year. These treasures include two illuminated manuscripts by James Eddy Mauran (1817-1888) of Newport.

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This week's blog post comes from Redwood Library intern and student at Salve Regina University, Christian Isidoro, who has spent the fall semester at the Redwood working with our Newport Collection of photographs. His valuable work scanning, analyzing, and describing these photos will be accessible online soon and new stories about Newport can be told, like the one he is sharing with us today.

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This Thanksgiving weekend, once you’ve had a chance to recover from your feast, we hope you enjoy this round-up of some of our favorite early 20th century Thanksgiving postcards, which were given to the Redwood Library by local bibliophile and former bookstore owner Don Magee. The majority of the cards were sent between 1908 and 1916 and have a turkey sitting front and center, but there are a lot of variations on that theme.

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Artistic inspiration is often ephemeral and intangible, but it can also be drawn from the physical world and collected into portfolios and scrapbooks full of ideas. At the Redwood Library, we have two examples of such inspiration from the architect Whitney Warren (1964-1943).

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Opening the Redwood Annals to the earliest days of the Library always encourages me to make connections between now and then. As we pass through the first week of November, adding books to our collection and starting new projects, our forebears at the Redwood Library were doing the same. At a meeting held on November 4, 1747, 270 years ago as of this weekend, “The Company met in the Council Chamber” and made decisions that continue to be relevant to our work today.

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