Meet Jim T!

Meet James Transue (Jim T around the office), a volunteer since 2001. He is a previous board member, current advisor, and assistant to the director. He also serves as the go-to for all things photography, data entry, and Print Shop tours.

Jim has traveled the world, working for decades as an international reporter/copy editor for Travel Weekly, a New Jersey-based travel magazine. He especially enjoyed his job as Europe editor for the magazine in the 1980s. His best memories include giving tours around Paris, where he managed to keep track of all his travelers (no small feat)!  Thank you, Jim, for being one of the South County Museum’s valued treasures.


Would you like to volunteer at South County Museum?

Volunteers Needed! Interested in getting involved using your passion and talents? South County Museum seeks individuals who are passionate about helping us preserve, interpret, and present Rhode Island’s unique rural history.

We are looking for volunteers and docents to help our visitors discover our living history museum this summer. You can take part in a special tour for volunteers on May 21st as part of your orientation for summer projects.

Please fill out this Online Volunteer Application Form or print and mail it to South County Museum, P.O. Box 709, Narragansett, RI 02882. Once your application is received, we will follow-up by phone.

In order for you to become familiar with the museum, job-specific training will be conducted by staff members while you learn by doing. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one scheduled three-hour block of time based on your schedule during our open hours.


Remote Army of Volunteers

In recent years, a small army of skilled volunteers has been working on a variety of jobs at the museum, including building exhibits and presenting events.

With our doors currently closed, that army has been dispersed but it is still very active. The volunteers have been working at home to keep the museum in operation. For instance:

  • Susan Valenstein, Board member, and Collections Committee Chair, and Charles McCarthy have been working on a major exhibit to explore the history of commercial fishing in Point Judith. Susan Valenstein is also working actively on grant writing.
  • Printers Ed Shunney and Dave Maseglia continue to maintain the extensive Print Shop collection.
  • The Canonchet Gazette newsletter designer and photographer Jim Transue continues to publish the quarterly publication. Linda Pouliot is spearheading the newsletter and membership mailings.
  • Well-known photojournalist and documentary-maker Mark Starr published the museum’s first video on the blacksmithing trade. Now school students learning at home and unable to visit in person for their scheduled field trips due to COVID can still “join us” online.
  • Raymond Merz completed maintenance and painting projects at the Visitor’s Center.
  • Laurie Holland Morris, Janet Malenfant, and Chris Westcott continue to offer countless hours each month maintaining active community groups through Facebook. Consider joining one of the museum’s private groups for more information on Narragansett/South Kingstown memories and Point Judith commercial fishing.
  • Our education advisor Sharon Webster, a retired Narragansett K-12 school teacher, is with RILINK, providing books for Rhode island’s public schools.

The campus is not entirely empty. Executive Director (and resident blacksmith) Jim Crothers and Assistant Director Heather Kisilywicz are putting in more or less regular office hours, and irreplaceable resident caretaker Jeff Swanson cares for the Living Farm animals and keeps the museum grounds always looking good.