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Westerly Historical Society

Westerly Historical Society
Members' Potluck and Research Sharing Event

Sunday, Jan 24, 2017 at 2pm

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

Judge Frank Williams

Reconstruction after the Civil War:  What Went Wrong?

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Presented by Judge Frank Williams, noted Lincoln scholar

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

Westerly Historical Society Narragansett Update

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm
Presented by Loren Spears, Exectutive Director of Tomaquag Museum

Narragansett history and culture, the Indigenous Empowerment Network, and the growth of the award-winning Tomaquag Museum.

At the Carriage House. Non-yet-members $5.00; members free.
Westerly Historical Society A Great Pattern Collector

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2pm
Presented by Joy Emery, Professor Emerita & Curator, URI Commercial Pattern Archive

HIstoric sewing patterns; Emery's collection of patterns is the largest known.

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

National Register of Historic Places, and Historic Preservation in Westerly

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2pm
Presented by Elizabeth Wharburton, architectural historian at the State Historic Preservation Office

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

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The Economics of Historic Preservation

Saturday, April 29
32nd Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

For information and registration for this whole day conference, which will take place in locations in Wath Hill and Westerly, see

Sampler Children's Program: Sampling History's Mysteries

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00-12:00 pm
Presented by South County Sampler Initiative

Come learn how objects such as schoolgirl samplers can be used to understand the lives of young children long ago.  Hands-on activities will include making a bookmark with cross-stitched initials and solving the mystery of Clarissa.  Program is offered as part of the South County Sampler Initiative funded by the RI Council for the Humanities. Program designed for children in K-6 but all are welcome. 

At the Carriage House.  Program is free to all but pre-registration is required; call 401.315.2768
This Needlework of Mine: Historic Samplers of Rhode Island

Sunday, June 4 at 2:00-3:30 pm
Presented by South County Sampler Initiative

Last fall people brought in samplers to be documented as part of the South County Sampler Initiative.  This program will share the findings of that documentation and explore the history of schoolgirl samplers.  Samplers from the Museum will be on display and audience members are invited to bring their own samplers.
This program is offered as part of the South County Sampler Initiative funded by the Ri Council fo the Humanities.

At the Carriage House.  Program is free to all.
2017WomenOfWesterly.jpg Downtown Granite Gems:  A Walking Tour of Westerly

Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm.  Rain date July 20.

The tour will include a variety of buildings and monuments which demonstrate the importance which Westerly granite played in Westerly's downtown history. Meet on park esplanade at 6:30.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring fluids if hot. Tour will last about an hour.

Non-yet-members $5.00; members free.

Don't Leave Home Without It...
Women's Fashion Accessories from the Museum's Collections

Ongoing exhibit beginning July 18

That's the whimsical title of a new exhibit in the Isaac G. Smith Jr. Room featuring items such as handbags, parasols, shoes, bonnets, and jewelry from the Museum's Collection.

This new exhibit is included with the normal tour of the 1734 Colonial Mansion and the Westerly Granite Industry Museum.

Tours are free for Museum members and $5.00 for non-members.

2017Wilcox-1-69-2MED.jpg A Variety of River Bend’s Monumental Art (1880-1940)

Thursday, August 17 at 6 pm.  Rain date August 24.

This tour is an introduction to the various types of monuments in River Bend cemetery with the emphasis on those of Westerly granite.  Later tours will focus on other specific subjects.  Meet at the cemetery office.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring fluids.

Non-yet-members $5.00; members free.
Westerly Public Library
Westerly Granite and the Civil War
Tuesday, September 5, 2017  at 6 pm

Linda Smith Chaffee will present a program linking Westerly Granite, the Library, and the Civil War. 
This program will be held at the Westerly Public Library – Westerly’s Civil War Memorial.

Program is free to all. Note event location: Westerly Public Library
James G. Batterson
Monumental Genius:  James Batterson & the Transformation of Art & Industry in Victorian America

Sunday, September 10, at 2:00 pm
Presented by William Hosley

This program will focus on the well-connected James Batterson of the New England Granite Company, who was responsible for building impressive buildings and monuments made from Westerly Granite.  He parlayed his political connections into commissions for the most important war memorials and monuments in the country, including the signature monuments at the national cemeteries at Gettysburg and Antietam.

Non-yet-members $5.00; members free.
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The Battle of Stalingrad

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2pm
Presented by Anastasia Goodman (aka Harriet Grayson), author

Anastasia Goodman discusses the Battle of Stalingrad through readings from her Sasha Perlov mystery series ("Loose Ends" & "Death and Diamonds") with a discussion of hte actual epic battle.

"It was one of the most significant battles of the 20th century.  Historians consider it the turning point in WW II.  Sasha, a Russion-born police detective, speaks to survivors of the battle in the mystery series (  His grandfather was the Hero of the Battle of Stalingrad.  Learn about this monumental military event through literature and a discussion that describes how the two great powers -- Nazi Germany and the Russian Red Army -- face off in the midst of frightened civilians caught in the cross fire."

At the Carriage House.  Not-yet members $5.00; members free.
BSHM Christmas Holiday Festival Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 2, 2017  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The 1734 mansion house, decorated for the holiday, and the Westerly Granite Museum will be open to the public at no charge.  Free refreshments will be available.  Fresh holiday sprays and cookie platters will be offered for sale, and the museum store is stocked with handmade holiday items.  There will also be a raffle of holiday baskets and local merchant gift certificates.

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