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Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI   02891
401-596-5704
babcocksmithhouse@gmail.com

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We Popped Up

It took many photographs from many different angles, all transmitted by email to the paper engineer in Texas, to get the dimensions for the Museum which pops up out of “the book.”
We were honored to be featured on the history page of the Westerly Pop-Up book sponsored by the Ocean Community Chamber Foundation to finish out the town-wide festivities for Westerly’s 350th birthday.

One of the nicest touches was that the backdrop for the page was actually a close-up photograph of the Westerly granite gravestone of Isaac Smith Jr., granite historian and Smith descendant, making this page extra special.


New Titles and New Faces

Maureen Bjorkland has assumed her new duties as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Maureen has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012 in the position of Treasurer. She holds an MBA in Accounting and is a Certified Management Accountant. She is currently employed as Vice President, Risk Management at the Washington Trust Company. She is an avid gardener and has been working on the gardens at the Babcock-Smith House Museum since she joined the board.

Andy Bicknell has joined the Board of Trustees in the Treasurer position. Andy’s position as the Financial Reporting Manager at the Washington Trust Company makes him a perfect fit for the Treasurer position. We are excited to have him on the board!

Andrew Rogers has joined the Board of Trustees in the position of Recording Secretary. He has replaced Susan Brocato who remains on the Board as the archivist. Andrew joins us from the Westerly Community Credit Union, where he is the Vice President of Operations. In addition to his secretarial duties, Andrew has begun the somewhat dauntless task of updating our technology!


Granite Adventures Continue

When Ellen Madison visited Corning NY, she went armed with information about a Westerly granite mausoleum and an obelisk. When she and her cohorts could not find either, she called in the help of Audrey Graham, local cemetery historian, who told her that she was in the wrong Hope Cemetery. There were actually two with the same name. To further complicate matters, the Smith Granite Company order books listed the obelisk under the name of Fiske ,which turned out to be the married name of the woman ordering the stone for the Hyatt family which was her maiden name. Feel free to share your hunting adventures with us.






To Submit Granite Information, Anecdotes, or Artifacts:

Email:  Ellen Madison, ellenmadison1945@gmail.com

Snail mail:  Linda Chaffee c/o Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI. 02891

Phone:  Linda Chaffee,    401-377-8490

Phone:  Betty-Jo Cugini  401-315-2446

Also in the News...

* Several independent vendors added to the fesitivities of the annual Holiday Boutique, making the docents' efforts very successful

* Nice front-page above-the-fold feature on the Museum in The Westerly Sun, our local paper.

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