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

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Westerly 350 Celebration In celebration of Westerly's 350th anniversary,
all events will be free.

Westerly 350 Celebration

Gallery Opening & Video Trailer for Babcock-Franklin Documentary

Wednesday, February 6 at 6 pm

Come see Westerly History through the eyes of the Babcock-Smith House Museum and the Westerly Historical Society collections. The exhibit, which will make you laugh, ooh and ah, will run from February 6-March 28 in the Westerly Library Gallery during regular Library hours. We guarantee that you cannot leave without having learned more about our hometown.

Join us for the Grand Opening on February 6 at 6 pm, preview the Babcock-Franklin documentary, and share in the refreshments.

At the Westerly LIbrary Art Gallery.  Free to all.
Judge Frank Williams

Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm
Presented by Judge Frank Williams, local Lincoln scholar.

Judge Williams presents another fascinating program in his series on Abraham Lincoln.

At the Carriage House.  Free to all.

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Early Westerly 1660-1720

Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm
Presented by Meg Barclay

Meg Barclay, a direct descendant of Tobias Saunders who was an incorporator of the Town of Westerly, will reprise her earlier well-received program on the early history of Westerly.

At the Westerly LIbrary Auditorium.    Free to all.

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Blue and White: The History of Basketball at Westerly High School

Sunday, February 24 at 2 pm
Presented by Zachary Garceau

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Smith Widows: Women with the Strength of Stone

Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm
Presented by Linda Smith Chaffee

Learn how three "Orlando Widows" met the challenges of raising family, operating a business, and managing a home.

At the Carriage House.    Free to all.
WHS Logo 125 Years of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

Sunday, March 31 at 2 pm
Presented by the authors of the book

Westerly Postcards
A Postcard View of Westerly

Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm
Presented by Joseph Coduri

Enjoy this special view of Westerly as seen through its turn-of-the-century postcards.

At the Carriage House.   Free to all.

Comolli Granite Company

Saturday, May 25 at 2 pm
Presented by John Coduri

Learn how Richard Comolli continued the legacy of the Westerly Granite industry during the last half of the 20th Century.

At the Carriage House.  Free to all.
Westerly 350 Celebration Westerly 350: Pokemon Go Historical Walking Tour of Westerly

Sunday, June 9, 1-2 PM

Join us for this multi-generational walking tour that brings the past 350 years to the present through the mobile game of Pokemon Go’s local pokestops and gyms. Enjoy the many unique stories of some of Westerly’s monuments, historical markers and more! Pokemon Go utilizes real world locations of cultural and historical significance as in game points-of-interest in an effort to educate, as well as entertain its players. Be prepared to be surprised by this enjoyable tour! Use of Pokemon Go on your cell phone [or look on with another] is recommended!

Meet at Wilcox Park Gazebo ,     Free to all.
Wilcox-1-69-1sm.jpg Westerly Notables Who Are Now Residents of Westerly Cemeteries

Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm
Presented by Babcock-Smith House volunteers

Since this is Westerly’s 350th birthday, we are celebrating the lives of some men and women who have made notable contributions to our history. Walking through the various cemeteries would take forever, so come hear about these men and women, see their monuments, and then take your own tour.

At the Carriage House. Free to all.

2017WomenOfWesterly.jpg Westerly Park/Downtown Tour

Monday, July 8 at 6:30 pm (rain date Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 pm)
Presented by Babcock-Smith House Museum volunteers

Join us for a reprise of our popular downtown tour of Westerly granite buildings, monuments and architectural features. This year we will be adding elements found in Wilcox Park.

Meet on the esplanade in front of the Columbus statue in Wilcox Park.  Free to all.

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Westerly Notables Who Are Now Residents of Westerly Cemeteries
(Repeat Presentation)

Monday, August 5 at 6:30 pm
Presented by Babcock-Smith House Volunteers

Since this is Westerly’s 350th birthday, we are celebrating the lives of some men and women who have made notable contributions to our history. Walking through the various cemeteries would take forever, so come hear about these men and women, see their monuments, and then take your own tour. Please note that this a repeat of the program offered in June.

At the Carriage House. Free to all.


Post Office Mural Story

Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm
Presented by Ellen Madison

Once there was a WPA granite mural planned for the Westerly Post Office. Whatever happened to it?

At the Carriage House.    Free to all.

Monument Hunters: A little travel, a little history, a little mystery.

October 13, 2pm
Presented by John and Brenda Linton

Since 2009, John and Brenda Linton have been traveling the United States authenticating the monument orders from The Smith Granite Company records. Using their photographs, they will share their technique, along with specific locations and personal stories about the folks who bought the granite stones.

At the Carriage House.    Free to all.

The DAR and Westerly, Rhode Island

Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm
Presented by Jackie Smith and Sandra Berman

Learn the significance of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the empowerment that it gave women to make a difference in their communities over the past 125 years; specifically, the effects on Westerly and how Westerly members of the organization made an impact nationally and globally. 

At the Carriage House.  
Free to all.
Babcock and Franklin
Premier of Babcock/Franklin Video

Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm
Presented by Betty-Jo Cugini and Jim Karpechik

See it here first! We are premiering another outstanding RI PBS documentary of our own Joshua Babcock and his friend Benjamin Franklin. Written by Betty-Jo Cugini and “starring” Ed Fazio and Tony Smith, all trustees of the Museum, this film is the result of much research and has been wonderfully filmed and edited by Jim Karpechik.

At the Carriage House.  Free to all.

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Join us for a holiday marketplace of cookie platters, assorted baked goods, handmade decorative greens, artisinal soaps, hearty soups to go...and much, much more!  Place a bid on one of many exquisite raffle baskets and remember to stop in at Joshuas's Store to see what's new.

At the Carriage House.


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