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This week in Newport’s history marks the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the British occupation of Newport, which lasted from 1776 until 1779.

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The Portuguese have played a crucial role in helping shape the city of Newport, Rhode Island. One particular Portuguese man ended up becoming the wealthiest merchant in Newport – Aaron Lopez.

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While there were a few national days of Thanksgiving in 18th century America, it was for the most part the duty of the Governor to issue a proclamation for a day of Thanksgiving, as decided by the General Assemblies. Reading through these proclamations gives us a sense of not only how early Americans felt the day should be celebrated, but also what they were specifically thankful for during different periods in American history.

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Throughout November, an international literacy initiative called “Picture Book Month” is spending the month celebrating the print picture book.

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November is National Novel Writing Month - Writers of all ages writing in all different genres try to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days

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In this week's blog we take a look at Rhode Island's very own Revolutionary War hero, Nathanael Greene - who was second only to George Washington among the officers of the American army in military ability.

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In this week's blog discover more about The National Intelligencer - It was also the first newspaper in Washington to provide detailed reports of congressional proceedings - whose very founders' portraits grace the walls of the Redwood.

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In this week's blog we take a look at the writing style of Ernest Hemingway and its impact on literature.

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In this week's blog we take a look at the origin of baseball and the deep ties Rhode Island has with it.

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We take a look back on John Brown's infamous raid on Harpers Ferry and his reflections on the failed raid, courtesy of a letter written from John Brown to his cousin Rev. Luther Humphrey on November 19, 1859 from the Redwood Special Collections. Click here to read more!

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