A Monument to Perseverance: The Struggle to Build the Newport Pell Bridge

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:08pm -- lwhite

The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 11 when James Ricci presents a history of the Newport Pell Bridge from its conception in the mid-40's to its opening on June 28, 1969. Following the World War II, proponents advocated for a bridge. They encountered initial resistance from the United States Navy concerned with protecting its well-established and extensive operations in and around Narragansett Bay. Proponents and opponents sparred from 1945 to 1965, when the bridge was finally approved by Rhode Island voters. Upon completion, the Newport Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in New England and ranked fourteenth nationally.

A wine and cheese reception will be held at 5:30 pm, followed by the salon at 6:00 pm. Free for Members; $10 for Non-members. This salon is at capacity.


This fall’s Salon Series is generously sponsored by MICHAEL HAYES.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm