A Newport Historical Society “History Space Program”

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Newport, RI ??? When Newport, Rhode Island was founded in 1639, what were people wearing?

Join the Newport Historical Society???s History Space event, A Colonist???s Wardrobe, on Saturday October 27, 2018, from 10 am-2 pm, at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 17 Broadway, Newport, RI, for an interactive program with 17th century tailor Dan Rosen to answer this question.

Chat with Dan and feel the fabrics as he demonstrates the word of a colonial clothier to answer this question.


For over ten years, Dan Rosen has been fascinated by the clothes new settlers in North America selected to protect??them in their new, unfamiliar environment.??He has reconstructed the recommended wardrobe for a??hypothetical colonist based on the suggestions and experiences of earlier mariners and merchants, visitors and voyagers.????

His interpretations of the garments and objects which may have armored early Rhode Islanders against the bitter winter and??scorching summer are hand sewn exclusively using the techniques, tools, and materials that tailors employed 400??years ago.??


Originally trained as an artist and educator, Rosen served an internship with the Tudor Tailor in the United Kingdom in 2013. That same year, he established Old England Grown New, a project dedicated to understanding and sharing how clothes were made and used in the Early Modern Era with as few compromises as possible. With a deep focus on the garments and objects employed by working people and colonists in North America, Dan has presented hands-on demonstrations and displays to the public for half his life.


This free program takes place at the c.1699 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, located at 17 Broadway. The building will be open to visitors. Donations welcome.


About the Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present.

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