Board meetings  – are held on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May, at 6:30 pm in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St.

Programs are held on Sundays in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St. Admission is free for members.

Please visit this website for additional programming added to our schedule.  

Winter 2020:

March 15, 2 p.m.  CANCELLED  “Vintage Baseball in Westerly”, by Russell Soder. A chat about the Westerly Quarrymen, the game we play and how we play it. Discover our beloved pastime in its original form, circa 1864.

April 26, 2 p.m. CANCELLED  “Beginning your genealogy research; More than genealogy 101”, Donna Brandelli, Brandelli Genealogy Services. Looking for that elusive ancestor?  Can’t break through a brick wall? Come learn research strategies and tools to help concentrate your search. Learn about resources available online and how to evaluate your research. Learn how to document your work for future generations.


Past Events

February 23th:  “The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Rhode Island – The Quest for Equality,” by Russ DeSimone.  The talk looked at the struggle for equality and access to the ballot box beginning in the mid-nineteenth century up to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

January 12th: Annual Westerly Historical Society Member Potluck and Research Sharing event  Members-only. So, become a member!

November 10th: “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:

October 27th: “Scanning and Digitization of Historic Photos and Other Media” by Steve Cersosimo, owner of Granite Photo.

September 29th: “125 Years of Football at the Westerly High School: A History of the Bulldogs, 1893-2018” presented by our Archivist & sports historian, Zachary Garceau.

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.

To view archived video presentations, click here:

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