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Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
The unique public lecture took place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport. Newport played an important role in the development of an American sporting tradition during the last quarter of the twentieth century. The lecture’s focus was on how the city was instrumental in the rise of tennis, golf, sailing and polo in America. Most visitors to Newport may not know that tennis, sailing, polo, and golf all emerged in America during the Gilded Age of Newport. These four sports continue to play important roles on the national stage and are still intimately intertwined with Newport’s identity and community life on an annual basis.
The lecture was organized by the ITHF to coincide with the New England Museum Association (NEMA) annual conference in Newport with
more than 900 people attending.