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The Winter Speaker Series

The first event of the sixth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed, was presented on January 29. 

The second event will be at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, on February 26, from 1 to 3 pm. The speaker will be Dr. Nancy Karraker, Associate Professor in URI's Department of Natural Resources Science. She will describe the wide variety of amphibians and reptiles that thrive in the Narrow River Watershed. Dr. Karraker's research has examined the impacts of habitat loss, pollution, climate change, invasive species and disease on biodiversity in North America and Southeast Asia. That research has included field studies with her students at Canonchet Farm.

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The event is free and open to the public. Presented by: South County Museum, Friends of Canonchet FarmNarrow River Preservation Association, and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library.  Trio, next-door to the library, invites participants to continue the discussion at the restaurant.

The winter speaker series will conclude on March 26, also from 1 to 3 p.m at the library. Local historian, preservation advocate and columnist Tim Cranston will take us on a virtual tour of the north end of the watershed and tell us about the historic mills at Silver Spring, Shady Lea and Gilbert Stuart.

For more information: Call 401 783-5344, or E-mail info@onpettaquamscutt.org

2017 Events at the Museum

January 28: Letterpress workshop

March 10: Opening of Membership drive

May 5: Members Preview of  new exhiits

May 6: Exhibits open to the public

May 13: A Day at the Museum, co-sponsored by Friends of Canonchet Farm

May 15: Exhibit Talk, Jay Swoboda, Photography, 7 pm

May 18: Gallery Talk, 7 pm

May 21: Sampling History's Mysteries

May 23: Annual Members Meeting

June 10: Family Day, 10 am to 2 pm

June 15: "This Needlework of Mine," free public presentation, Historic Schoolgirl Samplers in R.I."

June 23: Taste of Summer fundraiser, 5 to 8 pm

July 4: Chick Hatch, 10 am to 2 pm

July 12 to 14: Blacksmith camp for kids

July 20: Exhibit Talk, Schmid Maritime Exhibit, SCM President Daryl Anderson, 7 pm

August 17: Gallery Talk, Director's Choice, SCM Director Jim Crothers, 7 pm

August 23: Adult Blacksmith Open Forge & Letterpress Printing workshops, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

August 30: Adult Blacksmith Open Forge & Letterpress Printing workshops, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

September 14-17: Folk Art Quilt Show, 10 am to 4 pm

September 28: Volunteer Recognition Party

October 20  & 21: Illuminations


Sampling History's Mysteries

May 15, 10 a.m. to noon
Location: In the Metz Exhibition Building, or outside on museum grounds if the weather is nice
Organizers: Dr. Blaire O. Gagnon, Associate Director of SCM and Ms. Susan J. Jerome, M.S. , Collections Manager of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection, URI
Description: In the distant past, young girls and women learned their letters, morals, and family history through the plying of the needle. 
Babcock-Smith House Museum invites today's families to explore the mysteries of local Rhode Island history Saturday May 13 from 10 am-12 a.m. 
Come learn how objects such as schoolgirl samplers can be used to understand the lives of young children in the 18th, 19th and early twentieth centuries.  This program is offered as part of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities South County Sampler Initiative that is currently documenting and researching samplers in public and private collections in Rhode Island. Hands on activities such as making a bookmark with cross-stitched initials and solving the mystery of the Clarissas are designed for children K-6 but all are welcome.   There is no charge for this program but space is limited so pre-registration is required.


Exhibit Talks

May 15, Jay Swoboda, Photography

June 15, Director's Choice

July 20, Schmid Maritime Exhibit


Gallery Talks

May to August, 3rd Tuesday of the Month

(May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17) at 7 p.m.

Talks are free for members and $5 for non-members.

All Gallery Talks are in the Metz  Exhibition Hall. 


Family Day

June 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Free for members; $10 per family for non-members.

Family Day is a fun time for all ages to explore the museum through vintage dress up, farm tours, yoga, face-painting and much more.


Historical RI Schoolgirl Samplers

June 15, 10 a.m.

Presenters: Dr. Blaire O. Gagnon, Associate Director of SCM and Ms. Susan J. Jerome, M.S., Collections Manager of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection, URI.  Schoolgirl samplers are key to documenting and understanding a girl's education through her skill with the needle in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. As artifacts of early education, samplers and other forms of girlhood embroidery are remarkably helpful. The vast majority of surviving artifacts carry the name of the girl who stitched it - often accompanied by the date she completed it, her age at the time, and sometimes additional genealogical information. Samplers also often include verses with moral dictates for socially appropriate behavior and alphabets, number series and other evidence of educational curriculum in our county's early schools.  This program will explore the history of schoolgirl samplers and the findings of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities funded South County Sampler Initiative. Every single sampler contributes to the advancement of sampler scholarship, and by extension, our understanding of the role of needlework and education in the lives of girls and women of the past.  Samplers from the Babcock-Smith House Museum will be on display as part of a show-and-tell after the formal presentation.  Audience members are encouraged to bring in samplers and/or sampler-related topics to be discussed.


Taste of Summer fundraiser

June 23, 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and there is a limit of 200 tickets for the event. 

Here's a chance to support the museum and enjoy the local flavors of some of Southern Rhode Island's best restaurants while exploring the many attractions of the Metz Exhibition Hall and the museum's beautiful gardens.


Fourth of July Chick Hatch

July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cost is $2 per person; Members and babes in arms (under 1 year) are free. 

Get up close and personal with the newly hatched members of our Rhode Island Red heritage flock. You may even catch them in the act of hatching.


32nd Annual Folk Art Quilt Show

Group Tour Day at the Quilt Show

Thursday, September 14 from 10 .m. to 4 p.m. 

Reserved for tour groups and senior center groups. Call the museum to reserve your group.

Regular Quilt Show Days

Friday, September 15; Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17

The show is open from 10 .m. to 4 p.m. each day.  

Free to members; $10 for non-members. 


Illuminations

October 20 & 21

Explore the beauty of light and the history of illumination through a series of outdoor exhibits.  This event is scheduled for after dark and is designed for adults and kids.


To Be Announced . . .

South County Schoolgirl Sampler Initiative

Events involving the ongoing project to locate, photograph, document, interpret
and celebrate Rhode Island's historic needlework and related girlhood
embroideries will be announced in this space from time to time.


Year-round

4th Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm

Open Forge for Adults 

Sponsored by the Summer Bunch New England Blacksmiths

$90 for two, for three hours

Call us at 789-5400 before you come: Weather may force us to cancel on some occasions.


2nd & 4th Mondays, 7 to 9 pm
Old time folk music jam sessions (acoustic only)
In the Metz Building − or the Visitor Center when it's winter weather.

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Museum hours  are 10 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.

A  special guided tour will be available on a daily basis during the midsummer months. Saturdays

In May, June and September, the Museum will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

In October, the museum will be open only for tours by appointment.

The Visitor Center office is open year-round, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10-1.

Museum exhibits are open:

 May, June and September on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

 July and August on Tuesdays through from 10 am to 4 pm.

 School and guided adult group tours are available by special arrangement.


Updated:  February 11, 2017

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