Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. The British Parliament passed the tax commonly known as the "Stamp Act" in the spring of 1765. While both the Rhode Island colonial legislature and governor were opposed to the new tax, a contingent of Newport residents actively supported the Stamp Act. By highlighting Rhode Island's response to the Stamp Act crisis, Dr. Abbey Chandler will share a broader story about political connections and divisions in British North America on the eve of the American Revolution. A cocktail reception with a book signing concludes the program. Members and active duty military, $15; non-members, $20; advance registration suggested. (401) 846-0813; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.newporthistory.org.