Preservation Society of Newport County – Ensuring Preservation of Historic Landmarks for Generations to Come

The mission of The Preservation Society of Newport County is to protect, preserve, and present an exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America. Champlin Foundation grants totaling more than $2 million since 1993 have supported the exterior restoration of seven buildings, four new roof installations, three garden restorations, and three new HVAC systems.

The Foundation’s most recent grant toward a geothermal climate control system at The Breakers will help preserve the collections and delicate interior finishes of this National Historic Landmark, as well as save energy and improve the comfort of staff and the more than 450,000 visitors who tour the site each year.

The Breakers and our other ten historic properties open to the public are key drivers of heritage tourism in Rhode Island. By supporting the restoration and maintenance of these properties, Champlin funding contributes directly to the fiscal health of our state. The Preservation Society is the first museum in New England outside Boston to surpass one million tours in a single year (1,019,983 in 2016), and independent studies demonstrate that our economic impact on the community is in excess of $109 million annually. Working together with the Champlin Foundation, we will continue to protect and preserve Newport’s vital historic assets that contribute significantly to fiscal resiliency, a unique sense of place, and community pride.