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Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 2:00 pm

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the date that the Emanicaption Proclamation went into effect, former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Frank Williams will trace the legal status of African Americans from the time before the Emancipation Proclamation to the present. This program is part of a series of programs commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

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

Jason Mancini - Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 2:00 pm

Jason Mancini, researcher, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, will speak on his research of the various local Indian tribes' mapping project and significance in Westerly, and Westerly’s north end development after 1910.

Sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

Linda Welters - Textile Department, URI

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 2:00 pm

Linda Welters, Professor and Textile Department co-chair at the University of Rhode Island, will speak on the history of Rhode Island quilts.

Sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

Vegetable Platter

Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Call to Action

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:00 pm

Although it is not true, many people believe that when Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he said, “So this is the little lady that started this great war.” It is true, however, that this novel helped lay the ground work for the Civil War. Presented by Ellen Madison whose doctoral dissertation was on Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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

Scott Molloy

Scott Molloy - Labor Relations Department, URI

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2:00 pm

Scott Molloy, Professor of Labor Relations at the University of Rhode Island and historian, will speak on “Hidden Rhode Island History”.

Sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

Civil War Long Time Gone: Neighbors Divided by Civil War

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 2:00 pm

Les Rolston, author of several books on Civil War "ordinary people who do extraordinary things" will present a program based on his book Long Time Gone: Neighbors Divided by Civil War. It is an epic story of two young Rhode Islanders—boyhood friends from the sleepy seaside village of Pawtuxet—who as teenagers fought in the Civil War on opposite sides. Elisha Hunt Rhodes served with the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment while schoolmate James Rhodes Sheldon shouldered a musket in the 50th Georgia Infantry. What these two youngsters saw, felt, and suffered through makes for absolutely riveting reading.

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

"The View from Mary's Farm"
Edie Clark - Contributing Writer
, Yankee Magazine

Sunday, June 9, 2013, TBA

Edie Clark has written extensively about New England in award-winning feature stories and columns for Yankee magazine for more than thirty years. Through the 1980s and the 1990s, she was Senior Editor for Yankee magazine. She has taught at several colleges. Among her many books are Monadnock Tales, a long narrative poem about Mt. Monadnock; The View from Mary's Farm, a collection of essays from her column; and Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers. Her new book, What There Was Not To Tell, about World War II, based on letters between her parents during the war, will be published in June 2013. Visit her website,, for more information.

At the Carriage House. Non-members $10.00; members $5.00

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Gettysburg - Three Days That Saved The Union

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 2:00 pm

Cpl. V. E. Johnson, Battery C, First Rhode Island Light Artillery will focus on the battle of Little Round Top and the three Union officers whose heroic actions turned the tide: General John Buford, General George S. Greene of Rhode Island, and LTC Joshua Chamberlain, whose famous and creative manuver on Little Round Top prevented the Rebs from turning the Union left flank.

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

Gettysburg Commemorating the Facts and Feelings of the Battle of Gettysburg

Sunday, June 30, 2013, 2:00 pm

Granite historian Linda Smith Chaffee will examine the monuments from Westerly that commemorate this pivotal battle of the Civil War. Hear the stories that the monuments tell. Appreciate the skill of the statue cutters in capturing emotions.

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

American Girl Tea

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Favorite Doll Tea

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Museum's docents have scheduled another of their very popular summer Doll Teas on July 17 this year. Guests bring their favorite dolls for a lovely afternoon tea in the Carriage House and a bit of history. Apart from providing the delicious desserts, docents take our guests on a short tour of the house including highlights such as the antique doll house. Docent seamstresses also make sure Joshua's store is well stocked with clothes sized for American Girl dolls. As a special treat this year, silhouette artist Deborah O'Connor will be on hand to create charming silhouettes of our young guests with their dolls.

$10.00 per person. Seating is limited. Please purchase tickets in advance by calling 401-348-8178.

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Battle of Chickamauga       

Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 2 pm

 In the third of a series of programs combining an account of a Civil War battle and the role that the Westerly granite industry played in commemorating that battle, Cpl. V. E. Johnson will discuss the Battle of Chickamauga, the site of the largest Union defeat in the western theater of the war.


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

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From Battlefield to Park

Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2 pm

Linda Chaffee will illustrate the progression of Chickamauga (Georgia) from a battlefield to the first Civil War military park. Her focus will be on the development of the Ohio monuments and we will discover the reason for the unusual acorn monument.  Also included will be a quick look at the unique monuments made by the Smith Granite Company that are on this less well-known battlefield.

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

Short Line and Electric Railroads of Rhode Island

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2 PM

Frank Heppner will present this program sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

At the Carriage

Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine National Museum Day

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2-5 pm

Once again the Babcock-Smith House Museum will participate in Museum Day. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.

Official tickets can be found on the Museum Day website at The Museum Day ticket is available on the Ticket Information page. Fill out the form and you will be emailed instructions to download and print your ticket.

Early New England Restorations

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2 PM

Brian Cooper from Early New England Restorers will present a talk on the restoration project on the Pendleton-Chapman House of Avondale.  His talk and accompanying video & time-lapse photography will cover the origins of the homestead, the deconstruction, and how the timbers are being restored.

At the Carriage House

Soup’s On—Veggie Style

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:30-1:30

Join us for seven vegetarian soup and chili offerings and four different kinds of breads.

At the Carriage House.  $10.00 at the door.

Local Post Cards from 1890 to 1950

Sunday, October 20 ,2013, 2 pm

Local views of the Westerly area will be used throughout the presentation which traces the historic and social development of the post card from the late 19th century into the mid-20th century.
Joseph E. Coduri, formerly of Westerly, 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.

Rhode Island Historian Laureate

Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2 pm

Pat Conley will give a presentation of his newest two books “ The Makers of Modern Rhode Island, 1790-1860” and “People, Places, Laws, and Lore or the Ocean State”.

At the Carriage House.

Christmas Bazaar   

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9 am - 1 pm

Come do your Christmas shopping for gifts for someone else or for yourself.  Greens, gently-used Christmas-related items, collectibles and cookies.

A Celebration of Trees    

 December 8-15, 2013 (closed Tuesday)
Sundays (2-5pm) Monday (4-7pm) Wednesday (4-8pm) Thursday and Friday (4-7pm) and Saturday and Sunday (2-5pm)

Each room of the historic home will feature trees each decorated with a different theme.  There will also be handmade decorations for sale and special events during the week.  

Members: FREE;  non-members $10.00; children 5-12 $3.00.


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