South County
Sampler Initiative

Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI  02891



RI Council for the Humanities LogoSouth County Sampler Initiative Grant

The Babcock-Smith House Museum (as the Orlando R Trust) has received a major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH). The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. Since 1973, the Council has provided over $7.7 million in grants to support more than 650 organizations throughout the state of Rhode Island, as well as independent researchers, filmmakers, scholars, and oral historians.

BSHM has been awarded the grant for the "South County Sampler Initiative," a collaboration between BSHM, URI's Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, South County Museum, and the Sampler Archive Project that will document and present programming related to 17th,18th & 19th century samplers made by school girls of Rhode Island. The grant will include a series of events, including historic sampler documentation days to be held at BSHM, SCM, and URI, as well as special programming for K-6 grades and adults.

We will be updating this page periodically with progress reports on our research, as well as announcements of upcoming activities. Please check back to follow our journey!  You may also follow us daily on Facebook.

L to r:  Dr. Blaire Gagon, Co-Director of grant (URI Dept of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design); Jackie Brennan, Director of grant (Babcock-Smith House Museum); Jim Crothers (South County Museum); Dr. Margaret Ordonez (URI Historic Textile and Costume Collection).


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