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Museum Reads: “Carrying the Torch: Maude Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance”

Welcome to Museum Reads, the Newport Art Museum’s Art-Themed book group for adults! Are you looking to learn more about art and artists, or enjoy digging into some of the issues present in our current exhibitions? Then this friendly discussion group is for you. We meet monthly on the third Thursday at 12 noon, in person and virtually. Join us virtually from the office for an invigorating lunch break, or enjoy an hour of inspiration during a wee one’s nap time, or find us in the gallery for in-person conversation.

The daughter of Julia Ward Howe, Maude Howe Elliott was a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and a tireless supporter of the arts, particularly in her adopted city of Newport, Rhode Island. Elliott is perhaps best known for co-writing a biography of her mother—a major figure in the political and cultural world of New England, a woman’s suffrage leader, and a leading progressive political voice. But Elliott felt the culmination of her life’s work was her founding of the Art Association of Newport in 1912 (now the Newport Art Museum). In honor of the Museum’s current exhibition, Unfinished Business, we have selected this informative and inspiring biography written by the Museum’s Curator Emerita Nancy Whipple Grinnell.

Author Nancy Whipple Grinnell will join us in person for the discussion.

Museum Reads is free for Members, and $5 for yet-to-be Members.

Be sure to register online to receive email updates and Zoom links.

For last minute registrations, please call the front desk for the Zoom link at 401-848-8200.


April 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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