Preservation Society of Newport County Events
Upcoming Society-Sponsored Events
July (TBD) (weather dependent) (next Windows 22-24 July and 29-31 July) – Re-enactment – ” Barton’s Raid”. This event, that was done last summer, re-traces the route of Col Barton of the revolutionary army who engineered a raid that started in Warwick Neck and sneaked by British warships in the bay, landed in Portsmouth, kidnapped British General Prescott and returned to Warwick the same night. A group of kayakers plan to do the same this year. Since the weather did not cooperate on the 9th, the next window is July 22 – stay tuned.
21 July – Anne Hutchinson Birthday and Celebrating Portsmouth Women Event – 2PM to 5PM at the PHS museum
Portsmouth, Rhode Island has a proud history of amazing men and women. Although it may be easier to trace the lives and influence of the Portsmouth men, our community has had women who shaped our character. As we remember the birthday of Anne Hutchinson, the Portsmouth Historical Society will celebrate some of these women on
This is our third annual celebration of Portsmouth Women.
Visitors will be able to view a special display of artifacts for many of the women from the Society’s collection. Items will be on display for this day only. At 3 PM in the upstairs meeting room there will be a “round robin“ presentation on these women who have contributed to Portsmouth. There will be a brief description of each woman’s role in the Portsmouth community. Cards for each woman will be read by audience members. Those who have a special connection with a woman are encouraged to read her card. After the presentation there will be an opportunity to continue viewing displays. The booklet “Portsmouth Women,” with more detailed information on each of the women in our past celebration, will be available for a donation ($5 is the suggestion) to pay for printing costs. A brochure on this year’s honorees will be added to the booklet.
Only one of our women, Dorothea Dix, could be considered famous. Some of the women have had quiet yet influential roles in our Portsmouth community. The story of Fannie Brent Scott came to light when the Society received the generous donation of a portrait of her which was painted by noted Portsmouth artist Sarah Eddy. Fannie’s story, from freed slave in Virginia to well loved Portsmouth community member, makes us aware of the diversity of experiences Portsmouth women have encountered.
This year we honor:
Teachers: Edna Griffin Fitzgerald and Edna Brophy
Community Workers: Alice Anthony Webb, Gertrude Macomber Hammond, Ruth Lunan and Fannie Brent Scott
Reformers: Dorothea Dix, Eunice Greene, Lillian Collins Borden
Faithful Women: Ada and Elizabeth Trout, Ellen Gustin
Farmers: May Chase Hanks
21 August – Lecture – “Spies in the Revolutionary War” – Christian McBurney – CFP Community Center
September and October
8 Sept – 2:30 – 4 PM “History Comes Alive (at the Historical Society)
Sept TBD History Book Club
Sept TBD – Annual Harvest Social at Greenvale Vineyard
13 Oct 3:30 – 5 PM Ghostly Witness by PCT
23 Oct – Beirut Memorial Ceremony at the Museum