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November 14   (All day)

America's Playground: Sports in Newport during the Gilded Age

In addition to its famous oceanscapes and grand Newport is noted for its sporting traditions which influenced the way America once played – and continues to play today. Tennis, sailing, polo, and golf all became popular throughout the country in large part because they came of age in Gilded Age Newport. The first US Nationals tennis tournament was played in 1881 at the Newport Casino. Newport proudly hosted the America’s Cup sailing races for 50 years. In 1876, polo was played in America for the first time in neighboring Portsmouth, RI. And in 1895 the first US Open golf tournament was played at the Newport Country Club. This special lecture will offer an enlightening and informative discussion about the unique role Newport has played in America’s sporting identity.

Speakers: Douglas Stark, Museum Director, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum; Barclay Douglas, President, Newport Country Club; Dan Keating, Founder and President, Newport International Polo Series; Dyer Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

Moderator: Edward C. Achorn, Vice President and Editorial Pages Editor, Providence Journal

Join us! Free to the Public.
RSVP required. Email to reserve a spot.

Thursday, November 14
9 am - 10:30 am

Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame - 9 Freebody St.