Redwood Journal

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The fact that not all editions of a work are created equally is a lesson that can be learned by exploring any collection. In our own vault collection, we have two very different copies of the same popular poem, the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám as translated by Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883).

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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". 

Read more about the nations oldest library Here

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The creation of the Santa Claus we know today is often credited to a poem published anonymously in 1823, originally titled “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” now called “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

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Newport’s history with the Navy truly begins in 1775 when a merchant from Newport named Esek Hopkins, Esq. was named Commander and Chief of the newly created Continental Navy. He would serve as the only Commander and Chief of the Navy during the Revolution.

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Our section of cook books spans many different culinary styles, and food types. Looking for something a little more…Newport? We certainly can help with that. Come check out one of these fine cookbooks!

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Food is more than just sustenance for the body. The act of preparing food is sustenance for the soul. It is a great feeling to take various ingredients, carefully prepare them, and turn them into a wonderfully delicious meal one can enjoy in the coziness of home. Winter is the perfect time to try new recipes, perfect old ones, and wow friends and family alike with the skills we’ve learned in the kitchen. Cook books, celebrity chef biographies, and novels with a culinary twist are just some of the places where ideas and recipes are found and where culinary curiosity is explored. Come into the Redwood Library today and grab one of these lovely books and expand your culinary horizon!

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The history of the Redwood Library through the nineteenth century was captured for us in the Annals of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, published by George Champlin Mason (1820-1894) in 1891. To provide the history of the Library, he moved chronologically through historical records, from the Philosophical Society that preceded the Library to his present at the end of the 1800s. Mason’s primary sources were the minutes of the annual meetings of the Redwood Library, during which the gathered members assessed the year, elected new officers, and discussed relevant business. The minutiae of these routine meetings have provided us with detailed insight into the workings of the Library and useful information about its most important members.

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What better way to spend a cold and snowy winter’s day…or late fall for that matter, than cuddling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book in hand. Check out our list of titles by notable Nobel Prize writers!

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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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