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Send Us Your Memories of Newport

Newport is a unique city filled with special stories. The Newport Restoration Foundation interprets the life of Doris Duke, one of Newport’s most famous residents, but her story is only one part of the many-layered portrait of our community. As a member of the Newport community, NRF embraces the textured history of the city, and welcomes the stories and memories of the many different people who lived and live here.

By sharing your own story, you contribute to the collective and varied memory of our city, and we hope you are able to find connections with others in our community as you look through the collection. The Memory you submit may reflect on any topic you choose; this is your story after all! We’ve included some question prompts below if that helps you to begin brainstorming, but if you would like to explore a memory or story of Newport that falls outside of the questions we’ve posed, please feel free to pursue it.

What is your first memory of Newport?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Newport?

What object do you own/have at home that most reminds you of Newport?

What changes have you seen take place in Newport during your lifetime?

You are free to share your Memory with us however you would like: through video, audio recording, written story, poetry, art, etc. Contributions will be posted to NRF’s online collection on Flickr, where you will be able to see your submission alongside other Newporters’. Click below to view the page.

View Memories of Newport

To submit a Memory, please click below and complete this online form.


Submissions may be made as text, video, audio, or photo. Text submissions may not exceed 1000 characters.

Memories will be posted online within 5 business days.

If you have any questions regarding this project or your submission, please contact Caitlyn Sellar at Thank you for sharing your memories with us!


Photo courtesy of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

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