Newport and the Irish go together almost as well as St. Patrick’s Day and corned beef and cabbage. The story of Irish Immigration into what is now Newport began in the 1600s as the new colonies started to grow. It wouldn’t be until the 1800’s that Newport would gain such a large population of Irish immigrants due to the Great Potato famine. They began working in coal mines in Portsmouth then with the introduction of the gilded age after the American Civil War, The Irish began to settle between the ports and lavish mansions of the Irish.
Black History month truly began in 1926 when a historian by the name of Carter Woodson announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week”. This week, chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, was used to coordinate teaching of black history in public schools.
Depending on your personal view, February 14 is either just another day on the calendar or quite possibly the most romantic day of the year. Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day, it is hard to resist a good love story. Perhaps it has to do with how a good story mimics real life. We feel tied to a character through the emotional turmoil of falling in love. We know how “they” feel even though “they” are just words on a page.
Keep an eye out for the Winter issue of Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine. Inside this lovely publication is an article written by architectural historian John Tschirch titled "A Classic Revisited: The Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island".
Before the celebrity chefs we watch were celebrities, they were cooking on the line in some restaurant, before that they were culinary students, and even before that they were children helping their mother or fat