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Calendar of Events

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2017 Events at the Museum

March 10: Opening of Membership drive

May 5, 7 pm: Members Preview of new exhibits, focussing on our 85th anniversary observance

May 6: Exhibits open to the public

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

May 18, 7 pm: Gallery Talk: Jay Swoboda, Photography

May 21: Sampling History's Mysteries

May 23: Annual Members Meeting

June 10, 11 am to 3 pm: Family Day

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

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

July 4, 10 am to 2 pm: R.I. Red Chick Hatch

July 11 to August 1: Photography for kids

July 12 to 14: Blacksmith camp for kids  Blacksmith Camp Application Form

August, Wednesday evenings (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30): 5:30 to 8:30 pm: Adult Open Forge; fee: $20; phone reservations requested

August 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm: Adult Blacksmith Open Forge; fee: $20; phone reservations requested

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

August 26: Old Time Music Picnic

September 15-17, 10 am to 4 pm: Folk Art Quilt Show

September 28: Volunteer Recognition

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 18, 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, 11 am to 2 pm 

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, antique autos, farm tours, yoga,
face-painting, a Ninja obstacle course and much more. 

Historical RI Schoolgirl Samplers

June 15, 10 am

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 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, 10 am to 3 pm

Tickets are $50 per person, and there is a limit of 200 tickets for the event. Guests have the opportunity
to help the museum by purchasing five tickets for $500 at the Benefactor level, four tickets for $300 at
the Patron level, or two tickets for $125 at the Supporter level.

Here's a chance to 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 am to 2 pm

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, 10 am to 4 pm

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 am to 4 pm  each day.  

Free to members; $10 for non-members. 

IlluminationsOctober 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.


Blacksmithing: Private Lessons for Two

$90 for three hours; call for an appointment

Open Forge

4th Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm
Sponsored by the Summer Bunch New England Blacksmiths
No charge; donations appreciated. 
Call us at 789-5400 before you come: Weather may force us to cancel on some occasions.

Old time folk music jam sessions (acoustic only)

2nd & 4th Mondays, 7 to 9 pm
In the Metz Building − or the Visitor Center when it's winter weather.


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:  April 18, 2017


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