Protect, Preserve & Present
On August 10, 2017, the Preservation Society celebrated the successful conclusion of its comprehensive campaign, which raised $35 million - $14 over the original goal. Thank you to so many friends and supporters who made it possible, and who celebrated with us on a beautiful evening on the grounds of The Elms.
A special thanks goes out to talented musician and composer Curt Ramm, who created and conducted this incredible "Fanfare to the Preservation Society" performed by 30 gifted musicians from around New England.
The Campaign for The Preservation Society of Newport County
Call or email Anne Garnett at (401) 847-1000 ext. 156,
Stop by our main office at 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI and ask for the Development Office.
For 68 years, The Preservation Society of Newport County has been protecting, preserving and presenting the story of some of America’s most important legacy landscapes, buildings and furnishings as well as the stories of the people who created them. The Preservation Society’s $21.1 million comprehensive campaign will provide the philanthropic resources essential to embrace the future while we preserve America’s past. If you love history, if American stories excite you, then you understand why Newport is so important to the nation’s future.
How You Can Help
Thanks to the support of our loyal members and contributors, we have been able to tell “An American Story” that captures the attention of thousands of children, adults and families. We look to those who care as much as we do about America’s stories to entrust us with the resources needed to protect, preserve and present an exceptional collection of 11 historic house museums and more than 88 acres of landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America.
We invite you to please make a gift to support one or more of the following initiatives:
Enhancing the Visitor Experience - The Welcome Center
The new Welcome Center at The Breakers will create an appropriate, positive first impression for hundreds of thousands of annual visitors. It will improve the visitor experience, provide the opportunity to learn about all of the Preservation Society’s properties, and provide efficient ticketing, adequate restrooms, and light refreshments.
The Elms Scholars Center
The Carriage House at The Elms will be adaptively restored to serve as a center for scholars and visiting fellows to live and conduct original research on Newport’s history. The Scholars Program will elevate the academic credentials and advance the educational mission of the Preservation Society.
Endowed Fund for Fellows
This special endowment will support five annual stipends for visiting fellows and a staff manager. Research conducted by the fellows will make significant contributions toward the interpretation of Newport’s architecture, collections, landscapes, public policy, and social history.
Investing in Conservation & Collections
Caring for our collection of over 55,000 artifacts in accordance with best practices in the museum field is one of the Preservation Society’s highest priorities. We seek, whenever possible, to acquire and reunite important objects originally part of our historic properties that contribute to their authentic interpretation and presentation.
Building Our Endowment
A healthy endowment will allow the Preservation Society to maintain our 11 historic properties dating from 1748 to 1902, valued at $1 billion. It will also support 13 additional historic structures; more than 88 acres of landscape, including a 17th-century cemetery and over 1,800 rare and indigenous trees; and over 55,000 decorative and fine art objects.
How to Make a Gift