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Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI   02891
401-596-5704
babcocksmithhouse@gmail.com

2014 Events

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Lincoln, Gettysburg and the Role played by Rhode Island

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 2:00 pm

Former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Frank Williams will speak about Rhode Island's connection with Lincoln and the Civil War in 1863.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

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Joseph Coduri Granite Company--A Twentieth Century Company

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2 pm

John B. Coduri will share historic photos as he illustrates his talk about the Joseph Coduri Granite Company. He will also show pictures of some of the outstanding monuments produced on Oak Street.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

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Civilian Conservation Corps in RI and CT

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 2pm

Marty Podskoch will present a program on the Civilian Conservation Corps in RI and CT. During the 1930s, taking advantage of the public works programs offered by the Depression-era New Deal, Burlingame became home to the 141st Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Learn its significant contribution.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

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Sullivan Granite Company

Sunday March 23, 2014, 2 pm

Susan Sullivan Brocato, great-granddaughter of John B. Sullivan, will trace the history of the Sullivan Granite Company, explain the quarrying process and show examples of monuments made from Sullivan Granite.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

Newport Gardens

March 302014, Sunday at 2 pm

Newport Preservation Society's Gardens and grounds Director Jeff Curtis will present a talk on the preservation and history of the various trees and gardens at the Newport Mansions. Sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

At the Babcock-Smith House, Carriage House. Free & Open to the Public.


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Quilts to Honor, Teach and Cheer

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2 pm

Nancy Balentine, a local quilter, began quilting when she was 35 and has continued to the present. The first part of her program will feature quilts that honor children's art and needleworkers' pieces preserved in quilts. The second part will feature quilts that teach literature, featuring fables, favorite stories and the Bible. The final part features quilts that are uplifting and cheerful. These will include recreations of Amish quilts and simply playful pieces.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.


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At the Beach: Postcards of the Westerly Beaches

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00 PM

Local views of the Westerly area beaches will be shown throughout the presentation by Joseph
E. Coduri, formerly of Westerly. He has been collecting post cards and preparing post card checklists for more than 30 years with a specialty in Rhode Island villages and railroad stations. He is an active member of Rhode Island Post Card Club.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

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Man without a Country

Monday, June 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

Robert D. Madison, Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval Academy is editor of The Man Without a Country and Other Novel Writings by Edward Everett Hale. With him we wll commemorate Edward Everett Hale’s “The Man Without a Country” 150th Anniversary.  See, handle, and read the earliest editions of this famous American short story.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

A Lionel Christmas in July

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30 pm

Bob Madison, whose HO scale “Ninigret Cove Branch” was featured in Model Railroader will present "A Lionel Christmas in July." He will discuss how to assemble an under-the-tree Christmas-themed train layout.  During the presentation participants will have the chance to put the finishing touches on the layout and run a train.  Parents and children welcome.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

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Building the Big Apple

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:00 PM

Granite historian Linda Smith Chaffee will explore the role of Westerly Granite in building the skyline of New York City. From skyscrapers to mansions to a sewage treatment plant Westerly granite was there.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.

Ninigret

Sunday, October 5, 2:00 pm

October 5, Professor David J. Silverman will discuss his new book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country.

At the Carriage House, Sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society, Free

Veggie Luncheon

Friday, October 10, 2014, 11:30-1:30 pm

A bountiful buffet luncheon of scrumptious vegetarian dishes is served at this popular annual event. See the expanded Carriage House and enjoy a delicious, hearty luncheon of vegetarian entrees, soups and desserts.

Tickets available at door for $10.00. 

 

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A World of Needlework

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 pm

A World of Needlework will present a variety of embroidery, knitting, quilting, needlepoint, and hooking samples from Panama, Russia, Egypt, Canada, and Laos along with their techniques and stories. Nancy's own work will illustrate the many and surprising sources of needlework design.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $2.00; members free.



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Private Showing: Carved from Stone: Legacy of a Granite Town

The premier of the upcoming PBS video based on the book Built from Stone: The Westerly Granite Story.

At the Carriage House.

Members only

Holiday Weekend

Friday, December 5, 2014, 7:00- 9:00 pm

Tour the Celebration of trees at the museum
Preview shop at the bazaar and Joshua's store
Enjoy refreshments in the Carriage House

$10 per person; children under 12 free.     Weekend ticket $15

 

Holiday Weekend

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:00 am - 1:00pm

The Bazaar and more

Stock up on Baked Goods and Cookies Take a chance at the Basket raffle
Take a break with Muffins and Coffee Find a bargain at Christmas Past-gently used Christmas item
Find a one of a kind item at Crafted Christmas--handcrafted new ornaments for your tree. Greens
Buy Built from Stone: The Westerly Granite Story Buy Carved from Stone: The Legacy of a Granite Town--a video to premier of RIPBS December 3
Find the perfect gift at Joshua's store, which is well stocked with handcrafted items for your shopping convenience.

Buy raffle tickets to win a Candlelight Dinner for 12 in the elegant museum dining room.

One ticket $10; three tickets $25

Tour the Celebration of Trees in the museum

$5/person; children under 12 free

$5/person; children under 12 free Weekend Ticket $15

Holiday Weekend

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Holiday Concert in the Carriage House at 2 pm will feature Dunn's Corners Community Bell Ringers, Michael Grillo soloist and the Westerly High School vocal emsemble.
Refreshments will be served following the concert.
The Celebration of Trees will be open from 2:45 to 5:00 pm.
Holiday shopping available at Joshua's Store.

$10/person; children under 12 free Weekend Ticket $15

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