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Alcohol and Politics in Colonial Newport

December 7, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday December 7, 2023 at 5:30pm; a cocktail reception immediately follows the talk

Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI

It may surprise many to learn that on average Colonial Americans consumed twice the volume of alcohol than a modern American. They held fast to their belief that alcohol cured illness, lifted spirits, commemorated cultural events, and just made things generally better. In fact, it was not surprising to see alcohol accompanying any meal, and taverns were the hub of cultural and social interactions. On Thursday December 7 at 5:30pm, the Newport Historical Society is pleased to host Maria Chiancola, Ph.D. for the talk Alcohol and Politics in Colonial America.

What colonists were drinking was not so far from our own social practices today—fermented fruit wines, beer, cider, and, of course, rum. The truth is that our relationship to alcohol has long been part of a political history that reveals a lot about our association of celebration and throwing back a few drinks! Maria will take a closer look at the celebratory beverages of Colonial Newport and consider how our relationship to alcohol has evolved. After the talk, following in colonial custom, enjoy a signature cocktail to celebrate the holiday season.


December 7, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Newport Historical Society
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Newport Historical Society Resource Center
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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