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. The programs are free for members and $5 for non-members.

Winter/Spring 2018

At 2pm, April 15: Westerly, Pawcatuck & the River that Changed the Landscape. Rebecca Nolan. This talk will explore the history of development and manufacturing along the Pawcatuck River and its mill villages- highlighting changes to the regional landscape as a result. Topics covered will include the construction of dams and canals, dredging and industrial operations on and along the shores of the river. Watch the video.

Rebecca Nolan is a Landscape Architect and recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Advanced Studies Program where she completed her thesis work. She grew up in Mystic, CT and received her undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 2007. She most recently presented a portion of this research on November 2017 as part of the Westerly Library 125th Anniversary series. She currently lives in Pawcatuck, CT.

Past Events

March 25: Little Known History of the Babcock-Smith House, program to be held in the Babcock Smith House. Ed Fazio and Tony Smith

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

January 14, 2018: Annual Westerly Historical Society Member Potluck and Research Sharing event.

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.

October 1, 2017: Christian McBurney, author and editor of spoke about his new book, World War II Rhode Island.

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.

May 17, 2017, Wednesday, 5:30-8:00 pm. Annual Meeting and Dinner at Venice Restaurant.

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

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