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“The Quest for Peace Negotiations to End the Civil War Almost Derails President Lincoln’s Re-election in 1864”

Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Frank Williams will speak about the effect of peace negotiations on Lincoln's re-election campaign in 1864

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

The Changing World of Media

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Betty-Jo Cugini Greene, former Channel 10 news director, will present

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

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Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Harry and Maureen Bjorkland of the Rhode Island Antique Tractor Club will discuss the history of farm tractors and the growing hobby of collecting antique tractors.

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

Data Protection and Backup in Personal Computing

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Christopher Allen will present

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

The Historic Armories of Rhode Island

SundayMarch 1, 2015 at 2 pm, Presented by the Westerly Historical Society

Roberta Mudge Humble
President, Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc.

The oldest of the standing armories in Rhode Island was built in 1835 and the newest in 1928. Brick and granite, wood and stone - these 18 armories have survived through times where lesser architecture would have failed - over half of the existing buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides their military missions to safely store arms and to provide homes for military units, Rhode Island's armories have a close attachment to the state's citizenry. From dances and meetings to circuses with Tom Thumb, voting, polio clinics, car shows, State Inauguration Balls - and home to the fast break in basketball, the armories have welcomed the people of Rhode Island. This presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation of all 18 of Rhode Island’s historic armories.

At the Cariage House


Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Bruce Brawley will share his fascination with stone walls, a unique feature of the New England region.

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

Tools and Machinery that Created the Granite Industry

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1 pm

Paul Wood, author and expert in historic tools, will trace the changes in granite industry technology.

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

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The History of the Watch Hill Lighthouse

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2 pm

Ann Snowden Johnson, President of the Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Assoxiation (WHLKA), will present a secriptive history of the first Watch Hill lighthouse built in 1808 through current projects factin the association.

At the Carriage House

Museum Open House

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2 pm

Tour the museum, see the new home of the Westerly Historical Society, enjoy a preview of the new Westerly Granite Exhibit and savor refreshments served by our docents.

Free to all

Two Years in China

Sunday June 14, 2015 at 2 pm

Elizabeth Fitzroy joined the Peace Corps when she was 57 and spent two years living in a town in Ganzu Province where she taught English in a local college. She will share her experiences living in China and interacting with the Chinese.

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

Some Wisdom on Staying Healthy as You Grow in Years

Tuesday. July 7, 2015 at 7 pm

Phil Clark, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Rhode Island, will lead us in a discussion of all the ways we can stay healthy as we get older.

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

History Carved in Stone: Lessons from Sculpture In New York City

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7 pm

Linda Chaffee, granite historian, will feature Westerly granite monuments in four of the five boroughs of New York City and illustrate how they document our history from our infancy through World War I.

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

Downton Abbey: Fashion and Social Change

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7 pm

Susan Jerome, textile expert from the Unversity of Rhode Island will explore the many changes that occurred throughout the time period depicted in Downton Abbey and how these changes influenced fashion. The social, technological, and political changes of the early twentieth century were reflected in the notable evolution of women's and men's clothing. This powerpoint presentation will look back at what was fashionable - real or otherwise. We will look at some of the influential designers and other persons involved in the years of the first five seasons.

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

Connecting the Threads of History Through Quilts

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7 pm

Barbara Barber, nationally known quilter, will present a program marked with her creativity and sense of humor.

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

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2pm

Presented by the Westerly Historical Society

Christian McBurney,, Author,publisher and editor-in-chief of The Online Review of Rhode Island History, at

Espionage played a vital role during the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, both when the British and later the French occupied Newport and the rest of Aquidneck Island. The British and Americans each employed spies to discover the secrets, plans and positions of their enemy.  Author Christian M. McBurney, for the first time, unravels the world of spies and covert operations in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War. 

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


Westerly and Its Business (1878)

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 2 pm
Using an 1878 Narragansett Weekly article as his guide, Lido Mochetti will share photos and stories of 1878 businesses and people, including the Fat Man's Club, hotels, mills, and the granite industry.

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

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after August 1.

Babcock-Smith House Museum
and the Westerly Armory
are participating in this event

Chamber of Commerce After Hours

November 18, 2015


A Celebration of Trees and Holiday Bazaar

Friday, Saturday, Sunday December 4, 5, and 6, 2015

Friday, Dec 4, 7-9 pm

Celebration of Trees*
Joshua's Store and Bazaar
Enjoy our courtyard with its holiday lighting

Saturday, Dec 5, 9 am -10 pm

Bazaar: baked goods and cookies, muffins and coffee, crafty kitchen items, gently-used Christmas items, basket raffle, holiday greens, PBS video, granite book, and Joshua's Store
Celebration of Trees*

Sunday, Dec 6, 2 pm

Holiday Concert featuring: Community Church Ringers Quartet and Tenor Michael Grillo; refreshments following the concert.
Celebration of Trees* from 2:45 - 5 pm
Joshua's Store

*Celebration of Trees: admission $10; $5 for members; free for children under 12.  Sunday afternoon includes admission to both the concert and Celebration of Trees.

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