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mission

Mission, Vision, and Statement of Purpose

Adopted January 26, 2010

Mission

South County Museum illustrates our past, which gives meaning to our present and illuminates our path to the
future.

Vision

South County Museum will preserve the history and heritage of rural and coastal life in southern Rhode Island for
the  education and inspiration of people of all ages and for all times.

Statement of Purpose

SCM is a research and educational institution, focusing upon history and culture, guided by generally accepted
principles and standards of museum stewardship, archival management,andhistorical research. It assumes as its
responsibilities:

(1) to collect, research, preserve, catalog and document artifacts from its collection and the community  that promote
understanding of the way of life of past generations;

(2)  to focus its efforts on the primary categories of tools and artifacts used by the workmen, craftsmen, and artisans
and donated by the museum founders and benefactors over the decades, namely: farms and in rural communities;
village industries, including blacksmithing and printing;  clothing and related fabric arts, home crafts, and cottage
industries; maritime occupations and pastimes in the Schmid Marine Gallery; horse-drawn vehicles; and, items
relating to prominent Washington County families, the William Sprague Family, Canonchet Farm, and Narragansett
Pier in its heyday;

(3)  to exhibit artifacts and produce interpretive living history displays and participatory programs drawing on the
collections and the working village industries model;

(4) to maintain craft and trade shops, a general store, a school house and a small-scale working New England farm to
illustrate life in an historically accurate village setting;

(5) to promote the study of history, genealogy, culture, and heritage by making its research facilities available to the
community and by supporting other New England historical organizations and their members through reciprocal
agreements and joint projects; and,

(6) to act as a central repository and archive for written, printed and graphic paper documents relevant to Rhode
Island history and culture, especially that of Washington County towns in which no local historical society exists.


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P.O. Box 709, Narragansett, RI 02882

401-783-5400  

info@southcountymuseum.org 

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