Landscaping at the Redwood has been a process through several periods of war, recession, and renewal in Newport, culminating in the large landscaping project that began in 1934 and remains part of our grounds today.
Some collections span across several generations of one family; such is the case with the Turner Family Papers. The oldest item in the collection dates back to 1797 and the last item is from 1846, marking the lives of many different Turners who were connected by their family ties, although just a fraction of them lived in Newport, Rhode Island.
In May of 1915, the acclaimed novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was in Nancy, France, in the northeastern part of the country. After a year of war, its effects were visible on the homes and lives of the people of France who were attempting to continue through the destruction. On May 13, 1915, Wharton began writing her observations of Nancy, which were later published along with her other wartime observances in Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (1915).
This past week, Rhode Island celebrated its own “Independence Day” on the anniversary of when Rhode Island became the first colony to renounce its allegiance to the King of England on May 4, 1776 so today we explore the history of the celebration of these events in Rhode Island and what exactly this meant in terms of Rhode Island Independence.
We are all familiar with the old rhyme, "April Showers bring May flowers", and after this rainy and depressing April we all are looking forward to the brightly colored May flowers. Most of us have had at one point, or still do have a garden of some sort. Whether it be flowers or vegetibles, we put in the backbreaking effort to till and weed and propogate. Looking for some new ideas for a summer garden?
After the Revolutionary War, Robert Rogers (1758-1835) became a proprietor of the Redwood Library and began a commitment to the company that he would honor throughout his life. He dedicated much of his time to serving the Redwood, and the greater Newport community.
The defining moment for our country was the American Revolution. A loose coalition of former colonies successfully overthrow a much stronger empire, the first time such an action happened against Great Britain and cementing in world history the rise of the United States of America. Come down to the Redwood Library to check out one of the books below and learn more about the early years of the Revolution when most were still unsure if the great American experiment would even get started.