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Rudolf Haffenreffer – Bristol

Rudolf Haffenreffer was a first-generation German-American industrialist from Massachusetts, who collected cigar-store, wooden Indians. This collection expanded interest in New England Indian life and culture led Haffenreffer to establish the King Phillip Museum on his Mount Hope property in Bristol. After his death in 1954, Haffenreffer's heirs gifted the Mount Hope lands and the Native American collections to Brown University which established the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology which today houses Native American and objects and tribal arts from North, Central, and South America. For more information visit

Doris Duke – Newport

Doris Duke was born in 1912 to James Buchanan Duke the founder of the American Tobacco Company and benefactor to Duke University. In 1925 she inherited her father’s estate estimated to be an $80 million fortune when she was only twelve. As an adult, Doris Duke became a lifelong environmentalist, preservationist and art collector. In 1968 she led the effort to rescue and restored dozens of Newport colonial properties leading to the creation of the Newport Restoration Foundation. Today, the legacy of Doris Duke is seen worldwide through her Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the work of the Newport Restoration Foundation. Her Newport estate, “Rough Point,” is open to the public featuring a remarkable decorative arts collection. For more information visit