Ulysses S. Grant Meets Ida Lewis at Victorian Banquet

Ulysses S. Grant looking Presidential


It was a step back in time, as The Newport Historical Society hosted its second annual "Culinary Adventure", inspired by the 1869 meeting between Ulysses S. Grant and Ida Lewis. (Yes, they were both there, and conversing.)Newport's  Colony House was the setting for Victorian splendor, as attendees glimpsed 19th century Newport, both visually through the elegant table settings, and historically as costumed historical interpreters recreated the historic meeting.

Historic interpreters portraying Ida Lewis  L) and Mrs. J.K. Bucklyn (r.) with Brenda Calkins & Cynthia Sinclair

The sit-down five course meal was inspired by several Victorian banquet menus from the collections of the Newport Historical Society. The food was created in the spirit of the 1870, and which included grilled swordfish with pea and mint beurre blanc, tenderloin of beef a la modern, and a seared duck breast chilled sala, all revised for the modern palette by the staff of McGrath’s Clambakes. Wine pairings were created by John Callaghan of Bellevue Wine & Spirits.


The guests at the Culinary Adventure

Seen were Show Chairs Elizabeth Leatherman and Susan Jacquet, President Ulysses S. Grant and “America’s bravest woman,” Ida Lewis, along with many Newport guests who love history.

For more information about the Newport Historical Society’s events, visit www.NewportHistory.org. 


Images by Nick Mele


Co-chair Susan Jacquet & Ernest Jacquet



Dallas Pell & Elena Kissel


Co-chairs Susan Jacquet & Elizabeth Leatherman


Guests awaiting dinner


John Murphy & Woody Woodworth



Barbara Lloyd Baker & Dick Baker


Liz & Emlen Drayton


Carolyn & David Brodsky


President Grant. Woody Woodworth, Elizabeth Leatherman & Ronald Lee Fleming


Ulysses S. Grant. Woody Woodworth, Elizabeth Leatherman & Ronald Lee Fleming, Lisa & Tom Goddard


Paul Miller & Charlie Burns


David & Leslie Reed


Brenda Calkins, Brenda Nienhouse, Cynthia Sinclair & Pamela Giroux


Bing West, Ed Kane, Marty Wallace & Betsy West




?, Ron Fleming, the Brodskys & Bill Leatherman discuss history


Nancy Parker Wilson, Jay Page & Stephanie Forstmann


Ruth Taylor with Torre & Patricia Peterson


Ruth Taylor speaking with Tom & Lisa Goddard


Geri & Fred Zillan


Timothy and Kelly Wilke


Hope & Lloyd Griscom


George Herrick speaks with Nancy Evans &Ulysses S. Grant


Pamela Giroux & historic interpreter Rebecca Donohue


It was 1869 at The Colony House


Pat Kidder & Vivienne Spencer Fluette


Victoria Leiter Mele & Elena Kissel


Dr. Joe Mele & Hope Griscom


Betsy West, Kimberly Palmer & Elena Kissel


Peter Lacaillade & Virginia Decker


Stell Anderson, Bill Leatherman,  Marty Wallace & Ed Kane


Bing West, Nanette Herrick & Richard Burnham


Garry Fischer & Ron Fleming (c.)


David Reed, Kelly Coen, Leslie Reed & Thomas McGue (far left), Pam Kelley & Pat McGue


Enjoying the historic menu




On the Culinary Adventure


Historical Society Executive Director Ruth Taylor, Tom Goddard & Doug Newhouse


Doug Newhouse & Ruth Taylor


Elena Kissel, Rebecca,Donohue, Ida Lewis &  Elena Kissel


Peggy Richmond, Ann Hogg, Garry Fischer, Admiral James Hogg & Angela Fischer discuss the fare


Bill Leatherman, Stell Anderson & Emlen Drayton


Taylor Stoermer & Historic Interpreter of Rebecca J.K. Bucklyn


Elizabeth Leatherman, Susan Jacquet  with Lisa & Tom Goddard


Mrs. J.K. Bucklyn, Ida Lews, Ulysses S. Grant



Ulysses S. Grant & Ida Lewis shake hands




































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