2016-12-08 / News Briefs

$1 Million Grant for Historical Society

The Newport Historical Society announced that it has received a $1 million grant, the largest single grant the NHS has ever received, from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust. The grant, which will support a campaign to increase endowment and support essential staffing, is also a challenge. NHS now must raise $1 million to match this grant, which will bring its total endowment to $5 million. Completing the Alletta Morris McBean Trust’s $1 million challenge will also complete their Challenging the Future campaign.

The first phase of that campaign supported the complete rehabilitation of the Touro Street headquarters, which is now a modern facility to make research accessible and exhibit collections. Increased endowment funding will specifically ensure that curatorial and education staff are available to offer the history embodied in the NHS collections to the public in print, exhibitions, lectures, events, and in various digital formats, as well as facilitate research.

Recent accomplishments and initiatives include the revitalization of the essay contest program with a new focus and prize – Rhode Island high school students can now write their way to see “Hamilton: An American Musical” in New York City and an integrated program focused on food and history – Newport Eats – which includes a new annual fundraiser and the Community Garden partnership at the Great Friends Meeting House, as well as lectures and exhibits.

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