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Newport Historical Society Presents: Paulsgrave Williams, “The Pirate’s Wife”, and The Golden Age of Piracy

October 12, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$15 – $20

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Who was Newport pirate Paulsgrave Williams? The Newport Historical Society will host author Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos to explore this question on Thursday October 12, 2023 when she presents the talk Paulsgrave Williams, “The Pirate’s Wife”, and The Golden Age of Piracy.

The Newport jeweler turned pirate, Paulsgrave Williams, had deep roots and family ties on Block Island. It is there, the young and impressionable Paulsgrave met the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd and his wife Sarah, who is the focus of The Pirate’s Wife. In 1715, Paulsgrave abandoned his life in Newport leaving his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children behind. He and his friend, Samuel Bellamy, turned pirate and were some of the most successful pirates of the Golden Age capturing over fifty ships and tons of stolen treasure.

Dr. Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos is a historian, journalist, and author of The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and Communities. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington PostSouthern Living, Virginia Business and other outlets. The Pirate’s Wife is the companion book to Dr. Geanacopoulos’s first book The Pirate Next Door. She lives in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, with her husband, David.

This event takes place at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Doors open at 5:30pm for a complimentary drink and a book signing, the program begins at 6:30pm. General admission tickets cost $20 per person, or $49.95 for a combo admission ticket with a copy of the book. Admission for Newport Historical Society members costs $15 per person, or $38.96 for the combo admission ticket with the book. Copies The Pirate’s Wife will also be available for purchase at the event.

Ticket includes a complimentary reception before the lecture.

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This program is proudly sponsored by Barrington Arms 302, Hilton Head Island, SC.


October 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$15 – $20
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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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