The English-Speaking Union of the United

Events & Activities

2014 Annual General Conference

 2014 English-Speaking Union
Annual Conference
October 17 - 19, 2014
in Newport, Rhode Island


English Traditions Take Root: Colonial Times through the Gilded Age

Join fellow ESU members as we meet in Newport and experience this spectacular historic coastal city.  Activities and private tours will show us Newport from the colonial period through the gilded age.  The Conference will comprise ESU Regional Meetings, the ESU Annual General Meeting with substantive presentations on the ESU's national educational programs, the activities of Branches and constituency building and development.  

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The conference will include:

  • Opening reception and dinner with speaker at the Hotel Viking Friday evening
  • Breakfast Regional Meetings Saturday morning
  • AGM Plenary Session
  • Lunch with local speakers
  • Tour of Newport and its historic mansions
  • Historic church & synagogue visits
  • Sunday brunch at historic  inn overlooking Newport Harbor

Our home for the conference

The Hotel Viking, which is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America, holds a special place in history.  Accommodations are available for $229.00 per night, plus tax. Call 401-847-3300 and ask for the special rate reserved for the English-Speaking Union Annual Meeting.  You must book before September 15, 2014 to obtain this discount rate.

Take private tours… 

The Whitehorne House is a Federal period mansion that features some of the best examples of Newport and Rhode Island furniture from the late 18th century.  View examples of work by craftsmen Townsend and Goddard including artisan Benjamin Baker collected by Doris Duke.

Rough Point is the Newport home of the late Doris Duke, heiress, philanthropist and art collector. It is located on Bellevue Avenue and provides an ocean view and grounds designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. The house is decorated as she left it with French furniture, European art, Turkish carpets collected from exotic locations around the world.

Visit sacred sites…

Trinity Church's first congregation was formed in 1698 by Anglicans, Huguenot and Quakers.  The building was built in 1726 and is an active parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.

Touro Synagogue the oldest standing synagogue in the United States, is a National Historic Site and an affiliate property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sunday brunch at…. 

The Castle Hill Restaurant and Inn offers a world-class culinary experience showcasing seasonal, local ingredients in a variety of thoughtful and unexpected dishes using cooking techniques from around the world. Combined with the panoramic views of Narragansett Bay make dining here an unforgettable event.

And National Patrons will enjoy…

A reception at a historic private residence, Bellevue House which is a Colonial Revival mansion designed by architect Ogden Codman, Jr. and completed in 1910. Jane Pickens, a singer-actress, purchased the home in 1960s. The current owner, Ronald Lee Fleming, bought Bellevue House 14 years ago and restored it based on book published by Codman and Edith Wharton in 1897.

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