Events archive

The archive:  recorded presentations for you to view. 

May 2022: Our May program was  “The Westerly Jewelry Fire” presented by Joseph Fusaro. This presentation included a discussion of the 1975 fire which destroyed 64 High Street and the Westerly Jewelry Company’s former location.

April 2022: Our March program was “Digging Up The Past” by Matthew Hayden. This presentation  included a discussion and display of the many historical items found locally by a police detective who enjoys treasure hunting with a metal detector.

March 2022: Our March program was a discussion and demonstration of the typical gear worn and used by a Civil War soldier as well as a review of a typical soldier’s food, medical care, working conditions, unit marching procedures, and unit battle formations by Robert Boucher. Watch the video.

October 2021Our October program was a book overview by author and historian, Marty Podskoch,  The Rhode Island 39 Clubthat encourages people to visit all 39 towns and villages in the RI. Watch the video.

April 2021:  Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.  Our April program is a virtual visit to a terrific museum in Reading, PA.  This museum covers all air travel & flight.  Enter here!  Scroll to the bottom of each page to follow the tour.  Enjoy!

More links:  The P-61 Restoration project:

Shop at the museum’s online store (A terrific book selection! Categories on the left column):

March 2021:  Beginning your Genealogy – find your roots.  We are going to research our family tree!   link to the March Program

February 2021: a virtual visit to The New England Wireless & Steam Museum, East Greenwich, RI  [Link to the February Program]

January 2021: Film: Life of a Dairyman, Connecticut Dairy Farms, with an introduction by the filmmaker, Markham Starr  [Link to January program]

Link to more from Markham Starr, his photos, books, videos: 

November 10th, 2019: “Old Music from Rhode Island”, a concert by The Vox Hunters.  For links to their captivating music and to purchase their Songbook plus CDs, please visit:

April 28, 2019: “Point Jude: Portraits From a Fishing Port” (Documentary Film).  This documentary film by Markham Starr follows eight people through a typical day as they work both on the water harvesting seafood and on shore in support of the fishing industry. Mr. Starr spoke about the making of the film and took questions at its conclusion.  Link to  the complete film:

March 31st, 2019  125 Years of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. Book authors include Maria Bernier, Brigitte Hopkins, Alan Peck, and Bob Benson. Watch the video.

February 24th, 2019.  Blue and White: The History of Basketball at Westerly High School, by Zachary Garceau, historian and the Westerly Historical Society’s archivist. Watch the video.

October 28, 2018: Recent Happenings at the Watch Hill Lighthouse Museum. By Ann Johnson. Watch the video.

September 16, 2018: Life in the 18th Century, New London and the surrounding area. By Patricia Schaefer. New London was a growing, bustling seaport in the 18th century. We explored how people spent their time, what was important to them, and why life in “the good old days” was anything but simple. Watch the video.

April 15, 2018: Westerly, Pawcatuck & the River that Changed the Landscape. Rebecca Nolan. This talk explored the history of development and manufacturing along the Pawcatuck River and its mill villages. Watch the video.

February 18, 2018: Pamela Scott, WHS program director, spoke about the William Clark Company Thread Mill: An Interesting History. Watch the video.

November 12, 2017: Zachary Garceau, researcher at the New England Historical Genealogical Society, and our Society’s new Archivist will speak about the Westerly Historical Society, its collections, and future plans. Watch the video.

September 24, 2017: Ann L. Smith, editor of Westerly’s Witness discussed the types of materials and methods used in developing information for historical research pieces. Watch the video.

April 2, 2017: Elizabeth D. Warburton, from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission,  spoke on the National Register of Historic Places. Watch the video.

October 2106.  Robert Degoursey from the Westerly Pawcatuck Region of the Antique Automobiles Club of America  spoke about classic car restoration and their history. The classic cars were parked at the Babcock Smith House for this event. Click here to see photos taken at this event.

October 2015: Ann Smith spoke about Steamboats of the Pawcatuck River. Watch the video

A few fun Rhode Island history links to read & explore: new articles on RI history to read each week, links to books to expand your library, and more!

Rhode Island Historical Society:

Westerly Public Library, online info:

URI special collections

RI Historic Cemeteries Database:

Veterans, burial search: