Conference examines how Newport’s roots as global trade center defined America’s cultural and architectural development

As a key center of global trade, Newport occupied a principal place in the American landscape in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed, the social and economic relationships emanating from Newport spread out, linking Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans and shaping the histories of millions of people throughout the colonial and into the early national period.

On Oct. 22-24, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program at Salve Regina will host its annual conference on cultural and historic preservation. “The Remembered and the Forgotten: Preserving and Interpreting the Americas to 1820.” Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor & Chair of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, will present the keynote address on Oct. 22.

The conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of pre-1820 buildings, objects, and sites in the Americas, particularly in the fields of architecture, archaeology, material culture, museum studies, and preservation planning/policy.

Today, the legacy of this shared American past is materialized in buildings, furnishings, curated objects, and archaeological sites. The preservation and interpretation of these treasured resources poses challenges, but also provides many opportunities to connect professionals and the public and to improve our understanding of the “forgotten” experiences of groups whose voices are keenly absent in current histories.

This public conference will include presentations, tours of Newport sites, student lightning talks, and networking opportunities. Historic Newport is home to the largest collection of colonial-era structures as well as the oldest lending library, synagogue, and continuously operating tavern in the country. The conference is presented by Salve Regina University in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation. The host location for the conference is Ochre Court at Salve Regina University.