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Candlelight Dinner
Private Candlelight Dinners

Select your own date for dinner for twelve at the Babcock-Smith House.

Includes a tour of the Museum house. Tickets are $50 per person. Enjoy a delicious five-course meal, cooked and served by Museum docents.
 "When Did The Civil War End?"

Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2 pm
Presented by Judge Frank Williams, noted Lincoln scholar.

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

Westerly Historical Society
Members' Potluck and Research Sharing Event

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016 at 2pm

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

"The United Theater Project:  History, Renovation, and Future”

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 2pm
Presented by Tony Nunes and Simon Holt, from the United Theater

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

Westerly Railroad Station

Rhode Island Railroads

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2pm
Presented by Joseph Coduri

“Rhode Island Railroad Depots,” recently published by Joseph Coduri, illustrates the rich heritage which railroads played in the economic and social history of our state. Using images from his post card collection, Joe provides the reader with a nostalgic and visual ride along Rhode Island railroads.

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

Saving the Memory Day

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2pm
Presented by Robert Webb of Charter Oak Scanning

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

Two Watch Hill Families

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2pm
Presented by Jane Maxson and Cheryl Bamberg

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

A Local “History Detective”:  Who was Mary Noyes Rogers?

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2 pm
Presented by Charlene Senical

Upon the discovery in December 2003 of two 1938 Westerly Sun articles on the passing of Mary Noyes Rogers, initial research has culminated into a 10+ year journey of undocumented Westerly and Pawcatuck history.

This talk will focus on the probate records of Ms. Rogers and the many discoveries made along the way including a connection with a major Yale University Art Gallery project. The talk will also highlight the amount of time and “detective” work needed for any research project.

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


Open House

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2-:00 - 5:00 pm

The Babcock-Smith House will be open for tours admission free. The Granite Museum in our Carriage House will also be open with new displays and Joshua’s Store will have wonderful handmade items and more available for purchase. Refreshments served in the Carriage House complements of our Docents.

Stop by to view our new quarry exhibit that encourages children and those who are young-at-heart to set off the detonator and see the “blast.”  And enjoy our new photo exhibit featuring photographs of Wilcox Park and granite buildings in downtown Westerly, with close-ups of amazing details.

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Early Westerly, 1660-1720

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Presented by Meg Barclay

English settlement in Westerly from 1660 to 1720.

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

Victorian Undergarments

Victorian Secrets: Under the Petticoat

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Tea Party and Program
Presented by Patricia Perry

Join us for the opening event of the Babcock-Smith House Museum's exciting upcoming exhibit of Victorian lingerie. This formal tea party in the Carriage House will feature Patricia Perry, the popular historical interpreter (you may remember her from our Doll Teas), as well as the usual delicious fare prepared by the Museum's docents. Tickets are $25 and include the tea party and preview of the exhibit in the museum house. Advance purchase is required. To reserve, please call 401-348-8178.

At the Carriage House.  Tickets $25.

Bonner Monument Company

Bonner Monument Company--A 20th Century Company

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 7 pm
Presented by John B. Coduri

John will share historic photos as he illustrates his talk about the Bonner Monument Company. He will also show photographs of some of the many monuments produced at the Ashaway Road shed.

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


Gall Stones Not Granite

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 2 pm
Presented by Dr. Allen Leadbetter

Dr. Leadbetter will share his insights on the history, anatomy, and physiology of gall stones. He will show videos of open and laparoscopic surgery. Can you stomach them? Bring in your own gall stones for show and tell!

At the Carriage House. Not-yet-members $5.00; members free.

The Sinking of the U-853

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2pm

Captain Bill Palmer and Greg Pettys produced a documentary on the U-853.  This is the U-boat sunk on the last day of WW II off Block Island.  They will discuss the documentary and the book Bill has published.

At the Carriage House. Not-yet-members $5.00; members free.
FacebookSampler-sm.jpg Samplers and their Role in our Culture and Folklore

Sunday, Sept 25, 2016
NEW TIME and LOCATION:  2pm at Central Baptist Church, 16 Elm Street

Susan Jerome, our ever-popular “textilian,” will discuss and illustrate the role of samplers.  Although attendees are welcome to bring one sampler to this event, they may bring multiple samplers to our upcoming Sampler Documentation Day event being held on October 1, 2016.

At the Central Baptist Church. Not-yet-members $5.00; members free.

South County Sampler Initiative Documentation Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10-4 pm

Bring your sampler from the 17th, 18th or 19th century to be photographed, documented and entered into a national database.

At the Carriage House.  Not-yet members $5.00; members free.

Classic Car Restoration and History

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2pm

Robert Degoursey from the Westerly Pawcatuck Region of the Antique Automobiles Club of America to speak about classic car resotration and history.  Come early to see the classic cars parked at the Babcock-Smith House for the event.

At the Carriage House.  Not-yet members $5.00; members free.
Quonset Air Museum

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2pm

Don King will speak about the Quonset Air Museum:  its collections and past and future plans.

At the Carriage House.  Not-yet members $5.00; members free.
Coopering: the Art of Making Barrels

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2 pm
Presented by Sam Pierson, volunteer cooper at Mystic Seaport

At the Carriage House.  Not-yet members $5.00; members free.
Babcock-Smith House Holiday Festival

Saturday and Sunday December 3 and 4, 2016

Saturday, Dec 3, 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Celebration of Trees*
Joshua's Store and Bazaar

Sunday, Dec 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

2:00 - 2:45:   Free Holiday Concert featuring Tenor Michael Grills and Chris Allen
2:45 (or following concert) - 4:00: Celebration of Trees*
2:00 - 4:00: Joshua's Store

*Celebration of Trees:  suggested donation of $10 for non-yet members; $5 for members; free for decorators and children under 12 years.

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