Rebecca Bertrand: Executive Director

Rebecca Bertrand

Newport, RI — Rebecca Bertrand has been appointed as Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society. She will oversee a broad range of initiatives focused on Newport County’s rich history including the stewardship of some of Newport’s most important historic properties, such as the Colony House, the Great Friends Meeting House, and the Brick Market; the curation and maintenance of a robust collection of over 500 years’ worth of artifacts, documents, and photographs; and public programs including the Museum of Newport History and other exhibits, tours, publications, and immersive learning experiences that bring history to life in the present.

Most recently, Bertrand was Executive Director of the New York Yacht Club Foundation for Historic Preservation. Previously, she was Executive Director of newportFILM, a nonprofit year-round documentary film series. She also has served as Director of Development at the Newport Art Museum. She is on the Board of Preserve Rhode Island and supports the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities as a Committee Member.

The Newport Historical Society (NHS) is a multi-faceted, history-based institution that retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts and six historic properties. NHS provides a variety of educational programs including exhibits, tours, conferences, publications, research and digital formats. Its collections span pre-colonial, colonial, American Revolution, and Gilded Age periods to the present. For more information, visit