The Point Association’s Oral History Project
In connection with the 60th anniversary of the Point Association, the History and Archives Committee is conducting a series of conversations with longtime residents of the Point. We are also talking with people about their businesses that have been an important part of the fabric of our community.
Our goal is to capture the cultural aspects of our neighborhood as well as the impact of important events that occurred during the past 60 years including Operation Clapboard, Newport Restoration Foundation and the Navy pull out from the area. We are grateful to the participants and thank them for sharing their memories with us.
We will be adding to this collection over time and welcome those who would like to participate in the project to contact us at HistoryandArchives@thepointassociation.org. We also welcome your comments.
We would like to thank Lindsay French, PhD, Associate Professor, RISD for her guidance and Thomas Ricci for technical training.
Oral History Project Committee
Oral History Conversations Click on the links to hear the conversations.
Anne Ramsey Cuvelier, owner of Villa Marina talks about her family the Goddards and Covells, the history of the Villa Marina and of her life on the Point.
Click here to hear the oral history: https://youtu.be/pVgMMitgTOg
Green Light Article: Ann Cuvelier Oral History Arricle_2016-summer.pdf
Ilse Nesbitt, artist and owner of The Third and Elm Street Press talks about her art training and her 50 years on The Point running the Elm Street Press and raising a family.
Click here to hear the oral history: https://youtu.be/XyxhOzxD9AM
Green Light Articles:
Robert Foley, Preservation Director, Newport Restoration Foundation talks about Operation Clapboard and his own experience restoring his home on the Point.
Click here to hear the oral history: https://youtu.be/mNAn2AhJYLA
Green Light Article: Robert Foley Oral History Arricle_2016-spring.pdf
Allan Manuel talks about growing up on the Point including the hurricane of 1938, the shops on the Point, his summer job at the Torpedo Factory, and the building of America's Cup and The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. (Photo: Norma and Allan Manuel sitting on playhouse porch, 7 Walnut Street, August 2, 1936.)
Green Light Article: Allan Manuel Oral History Article.pdf
Beth Cullen, President, The Point Association of Newport, RI talks about living on the Point and the Point Association.
Click here to hear the oral history: https://youtu.be/9M3CDwYWxtM
Oral Histories From Our Archives
Oral Histories Conducted in 1983
Admiral and Mrs. Eccles 11/3/83
The Admiral discusses how he and Mrs. Eccles arrived in Newport and what it was like in the forties. He later discusses the new roadways in Newport and "interesting character" Tom Crawley the ironworker.
Part I https://youtu.be/xrIkEhbn_f4
Part 2 https://youtu.be/8eHav2ipAvM
Jack (John J.) Martins 11/8/83 Jack's family operated Martin's Liquors on Third and Walnut for 50 years. Jack organized shoreline clean-ups in the Point and was always available to help neighbors. Newport honored Jack by naming a park after him. Jack Discusses the changes in the neighborhood after the Navy pull-out, Doris Duke's restoration and the building of the bridge. An article about Jack was recently published in our Green Light. Jack Martin.pdf
Part 1 https://youtu.be/MPHdUBN68aU
Part 2 https://youtu.be/HlOC6fDMvvk
Oral Histories Conducted In 1996/97
Gwen (Mrs. George) Behan was born in Newport on May 29, 1910 and was a lifelong resident of The Point. She died at 92 years old. She was the widow of George P. Behan, and celebrated 54 years of marriage together. Gwen attended Rogers High School and Newport Hospital Nursing School. She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. She was an avid reader and traveled widely.
Part 1 https://youtu.be/O57FdVYU9pM
Part 2 https://youtu.be/RmSPADRQu4Q
Suzanna Aubois 3/7/97
Suzanne Marie Henriette Aubois, was born in 1913 and died Monday, February 7, 2005. She was the wife of the late Jean Aubois. Born in Lyon, France, on January 9, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Charles P. and the late Marie F. (Fromenteau) Welte. She worked as a French tutor, teacher, and translator through the years. She lived in Hunter House until 1958 when she moved to 86 Washington Street.
Part 2 https://youtu.be/RmSPADRQu4Q
An Evening of Restoration Stories On May 16, 1996 The Point Association hosted an event where Point residents shared the stories of renovating their houses: Townsend House, 72 Bridge Street by Tim Sturtevant, Howland House, 6 Bridge Street, Marjoie Magrudedr, Storer Park Kay O'Brien, 103 Second Street, Frank and Betty Murphy, Caleb Claggett House, 22 Bridge Street, Bart Dunbar and Lisa Lewis, Furture Project, Van Zandt Pier, Beth Cullen, Friends of Van Zandt Pier. A video was made of the presentations.
Here is the brochure for the event: An Evening of Restoration Stories May 15, 1996.pdf
We are happy to share it with you via our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/Sm3esUqBJOo
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