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Newport reenacts 1765 Stamp Act protest in August

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To commemorate one of the first major events that led to the American Revolution, the 1765 Stamp Act protests, the Newport Historical Society will host a team of living history re-enactors to commemorate this historic event on Saturday, August 23, in the center of this Rhode Island city.

At approximately 1 p.m., residents and tourists will begin to see r-eenactors stroll Newport’s Old Quarter. Everyone is invited to chat with the interpreters to learn about the challenges residents at the time faced along with the clash of loyalties that led to the stamp protest. Remember, though, that re-enactors portray real people from another time. They will speak in the language of the day and reference only the facts that were known to them up to 1765. The protest reenactment will occur in front of the Colony House on Washington Square during the late afternoon.

Newport’s Revolutionary Role

“When people think about colonial history, Newport is often overlooked and cities like Boston or Williamsburg come to mind,” said Ruth Taylor, director of the Newport Historical Society. “But Newport’s setting is unrivaled. Much of the city’s 18th century architecture has survived. Dozens of costumed interpreters will flood the Old Quarter bringing life to facts that are often read on paper. The Stamp Act Protest will both entertain and educate, highlighting the critical role that Newport played in America’s road to independence. The historical society is proud to lead the efforts in celebrating Newport’s place in the American Revolution.”

To learn more about the Stamp Act in advance of this event, the Newport Historical Society, as part of the Newport History Tours collaboration, will offer a special walk, The Stamp Act Riot and the Road to Revolution, on Saturday August 16 at 11a.m. To register for the tour, which costs $15 per person, call 401-841-8770.

Admission to the Stamp Act Protest is free while donations to the Museum of Newport History (127 Thames Street) are welcome to support the event. A Stamp Act celebration will follow the day’s events at the Colony House. A detailed schedule of events can be found on the Newport Historical Society website.