Newport Symposium



Despite the sometimes irreconcilable differences that culminated in the Civil War (1861-65), Newport and other Northern cities maintained close social, economic, cultural, and artistic ties with the South from the Colonial period through the Gilded Age. The 2015 Newport Symposium, North and South: Crosscurrents in American Material Culture, invites a fresh look at regional differences in American furnishings, silver, textiles, painting, architecture, and interiors to reveal the complex exchange of ideas and enduring influences. 

Presented in partnership with:
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Featured lecturers include:

  • Daniel Kurt Ackerman, Associate Curator, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
  • Brandy Culp, Curator, Historic Charleston Foundation
  • Caryne Eskridge, Project Manager & Research Coordinator, The Classical Institute of the South
  • Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art & Design, Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Alexandra Kirtley, The Montgomery Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, 
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Jefferson Mansell, Historian, Natchez National Historical Park
  • George McDaniel, Executive Director, Drayton Hall 
  • George H. McNeely IV, Vice President, Strategic & International Affairs, World Monuments Fund
  • Richard Nylander, Curator Emeritus, Historic New England
  • Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Susan P. Schoelwer, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, George Washington's Mount Vernon 
  • Arlene Palmer Schwind, Curator, Victoria Mansion
  • Carolyn Weekley, Juli Grainger Curator, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Martha Willoughby, Senior Specialist, Christie's

Symposium Program and Admission

Read the Preliminary Symposium Program

Admission is $550 for Preservation Society members, $600 for non-members, which includes a one-year individual membership.

For further information email, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 160.

Hotel Reservations

If you would like to take advantage of special Newport Symposium room rates at the Hotel Viking:

1) Log on to the Hotel Viking website at
2) Click on Reserve
3) Click on Enter Group/Negotiated Code under the calendar, which will take you to the online booking portal
4) Enter your online booking code (1JU6O3) under Special Codes
5) Enter your arrival and departure dates and click check availability to book your room

Or you can simply enter the following link into your browser then follow steps 4 & 5

Scholarship Availability

Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Scholarships are available to assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending the Symposium.  Scholarships are $550 and cover the cost of attending all lectures and Symposium events.  Additional funds are available for travel and lodging expenses.  Please note in your letter of interest if you are also requesting consideration for travel funds.
To apply:
Send a letter of interest (1 page maximum) stating your professional or academic status and the reasons why attendance at the Symposium would benefit your work.  Please include two academic or professional letters of recommendation.

Arts & Humanities Professionals
A limited number of discounted Symposium admissions are available for arts and humanities professionals. 
To apply, submit a letter of interest indicating your professional interests, affiliations, and how the Symposium would benefit your work.

Direct all letters to:

Newport Symposium
The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

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