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The Babcock-Smith House Museum Newsletter Volume 11 Number 1 Spring 2015 Granite Exhibit Nearly Ready Saturday, May 23, 1 PM If you don t have a good definition for light years, we have one for you. Open
The Babcock-Smith House Museum Newsletter Volume 11 Number 1 Spring 2015 Granite Exhibit Nearly Ready Saturday, May 23, 1 PM If you don t have a good definition for light years, we have one for you. Open House 2014 featured a big hole in the ground. This year s Open House on May 23 will be light years ahead of that situation. We encourage you to explore some of the many areas that will be open for show and tell in our newly completed addition. A brief dedication service will be held at 1 pm, at which time a plaque recognizing major donors for the addition will be unveiled and tradespeople will be acknowledged. Granite Exhibit The most exciting development will be the granite exhibit which is being built. Two areas, the shed and the quarry, are substantially finished, but without explanatory text and graphics. Dominating all is the illusion of a shed, built by Ed Fazio, and featuring a 6 by 8 photo of the Newall Shed produced by Printing Plus. John Coduri, Tony Smith, Harry Bjorkland and Ed Fazio brought in the tool rack, Cosmo Ruga s toolbox, and, without the greatest of ease, the large stone which sits on its wooden support. Then, having completed that challenge, they brought up a heavy chain, a detonator, a 3-foot high pulley and other tools for the quarry section. David Read repainted the display cases lent to us by the Library, which now house a prototype display of the transitions in manufacturing a monument. The third area will feature large color photographs of iconic finished products and some large pieces. Other Open House Features As if that isn t enough, we urge visitors to visit the loft which houses our textile collection, new office space, and the second floor library with its collection of local history volumes. Also open will be the new 30 by 12 vault in the cellar where visitors can see the books and photographs stored there. The Westerly Historical Society, which moved its holdings from the library to its new vault here, will also have that open. A new exhibit in the Isaac Smith Room, researched and created by Ann Smith of the WHS, will be open to the public for the first time. The steamboats pictured were partially owned by Orlando Smith. The large framed photographs were a gift from Carolyn Burkhardt when she closed her restaurant where they were hanging. Half hull models from Ike Smith are also on display. A brochure highlighting the exhibit has been prepared by high school sophomore Emily Allen. Ed Fazio, Tony Smith, Harry Bjorkland and John Coduri (hidden) move the stone into place onto the stonecutter s banker. Docents will provide free tours of the museum house and some tasty refreshments. Page 2 OUR THANKS TO CARRIAGE HOUSE ADDITION DONORS The Babcock-Smith House Museum Mrs. Margaret Alberghini Senator and Mrs. Dennis L. Algiere Anonymous Leonard and Mary Lee Arfer The Ashaway Charitable Trust Babcock-Smith House Docents William and Judith Babcock Barbara W. Barber Donn and Meg Barclay David and Debbye Bell Ellen L. Bell Bob and Ida Benson Harry and Maureen Bjorkland Sam Bliven Jr. Gale and Rod Boland Bruce and Sara Brawley Bill and Scotty Breed William and Jackie Brennan Susan Brocato Ron and Mary Brunelle Jane and Chet Buffum Mrs. Thomas Burke Wanda Butler Brian and Rosemarie Capalbo Frances A. Cawley Ken and Linda Chaffee George and Marty Champlin The Champlin Foundations Cherenzia Excavation Robert and Marian Chichester Josephine Christina John and Julie Coduri Joseph and Joan Coduri Ferruccio Comolli and Family Comolli Granite Company Mary B. Cool Arthur and Charlotte Cottrell Adele Cozzolino Mr. & Mrs. Louis Cozzolino James and Jean Crowley Sam Crowley Betty-Jo Cugini and Stephen Greene Lucille & William Davis Robert and Marsha Denesha Alberta Devine Pat and Suzanne Doherty In memory of Daryl Dowling Deborah Dowling The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunn David and Marcia Erskine Ed and Carol Fazio Theodora and James Georgeady Ginger s Service Station Linda Goodman Mary and Walter Gray Cecilia B. Grills Loulie and Cal Groton Thomas and Angela Harford Susan L. Hathaway Samuel and Barbara Hayes III Barbara and Harry Higgins Claire Hofer Charles and Jane Holdredge Katherine Hoxsie and Joseph Kirby Pamela J. Hurst Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Isherwood Katherine Bell Krystinik In memory of Julia LaPietra Briggs Larkin and Philip J. Fitzpatrick John and Cathy Lathrop The Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation Jane K. Lenihan John and Brenda Linton Carolyn Longolucco Ellen L. Madison, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Makin Mr. and Mrs. Milton Mannix Maxson Automatic Machine Company McQuade s Hardware Center Mary G. Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Lido Mochetti Susan F. Morris Frances Muller Henry Nardone Newport Fed Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pagano Jane Perry Pleasant Acres Florist Prigmore Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Quaratella Lucia Realini Paula Reid Susan and Gene Renz Vic and Beth Rickman Thomas and Cheryl Ritacco Charlie and Phyllis Roberts Andrew and Jennifer Ross Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce Eunice R. Schonning Schonning Insurance Agency Drs. Thomas and Cynthia Sculco Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Shaw Mr. and Mrs. A. Michael Slosberg, UBS Westerly Bernice Sminkey Anthony Gallup Smith E. M. Smith Gordon W. Smith, Jr. Ike and Gertrude Smith Edith K. Sposato Elaine Bookataub Steidle Jan Tunney Jerry Walsh Washington Trust Charitable Foundation Westerly Community Credit Union Westerly Historical Society Westerly Lions Club Fred and Pat Ziegler Contractors Anchor Insulation A.R.C. Landscaping Bartlett Tree Experts Sam Bliven, Jr. Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Ca-Gin Concrete Corporation Century Electric Cherenzia & Associates, LTD Cherenzia Excavation Comolli Granite Company Engineered Security Systems Jeffrey R. Hall Builders, Inc. Frank Karpowicz Architects, Inc. Joe McGuire Landscaping Moniz Plastering Morgan & Smith, Inc. The O Brien Company Pucci Carpet, Inc. TR Electric David Read Painting Stonington Steel, LLC Trustees: John B. Coduri, Chair; Maureen J. Bjorkland, Jacqueline F. Brennan, Susan Sullivan Brocato, Linda Smith Chaffee, Edward A. Fazio, Betty-Jo Cugini Greene, Stephen M. Greene, Ellen L. Madison, Ph.D.. Official publication of the Orlando R. Smith Trust, DBA Babcock-Smith House Museum, published twice a year as a non-profit organization. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI The Babcock-Smith House Museum Page 3 Tool Conference 50th Candlelight Dinner Celebration The Museum was thrilled to host the Early American Industries Association (EAIA) for their regional meeting on Saturday, April 18. Paul Wood, noted expert on tools, presented the main address on Tools and Machinery That Created the Granite Industry. Docents celebrated their 50th Candlelight Dinner by treating themselves to an evening of potluck hors d oeuvres at the home of Carolyn Longolucco who has orchestrated these dinners since Tony and Cheryl Spino of Dunn s Corners Market have been supplying the tenderloin, which draws sighs of appreciation each time it is served. Thanks to all who have participated. Tailgaters bought and sold tools to each other in the parking lot from 8-9 am. Participants then cycled through four events: a quick tour of the museum given by Tony Smith, an identification session with tools in the cellar of the house, a presentation of the holdings of the vault guided by Brenda Linton, and a brief 1920 s documentary on rock-drilling and the trailer for the PBS documentary Carved From Stone: Legacy of a Granite Town. Mary Cool and Jan Tunney prepared a unique denim bag lunch, topped off with tool-shaped dark chocolates, dusted with cocoa powder to resemble rusted tools, made by Hauser Chocolates. Our Highboy Documents New Find Recently, Arthur Liverant, of Nathan Liverant and Sons, noted dealer of high-end Connecticut and New England antiques since 1920, called the museum to ask if he could re-examine our John Wheeler Geer highboy made somewhere between 1780 and Of course we said yes, and he came to compare it with a recently discovered highboy with an impeccable provenance from Preston, CT. Liverant wanted to present it as a surprise at the New York Winter Antiques show, but first he wanted to see how similar it was to ours. How excited he was to see that exactly the same hand had made both. Ours was ebonized or darkened during the Victorian era and is a darker color than his presently more popular lighter color, but it was essentially the same highboy. A recent call to the antiques dealer confirmed that his highboy had found a new home. You and Amazon Can Help Us Amazon Smile is a program by which Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization selected by an Amazon customer. The Orlando R. Smith Trust, dba the Babcock-Smith House Museum, is a registered beneficiary and the procedure to benefit our museum is fairly simple. 1. Go to Create an account by entering your and Amazon password. 2. If you are new to Smile, choose your charity by searching for Orlando Smith. 3. Select Trust U/Will Of Orlando R Smith. 4. If you already use Smile and wish to change your charity, there is a change your charity option under the Your Account dropdown tab. 5. Start shopping. You must shop from in order to give the museum credit for your purchases. Page 4 Thank you to our 2014 Docents, Members and Sponsors DOCENT Sandra Abbott Jon Babcock Dianne Babcock Chad Babcock Tim Babcock Donn Barclay Meg Barclay Mildred Beam Ida Benson Barbara Birch Bruce Brawley Jacqueline Brennan Anna Brown Dwight C.Brown, Jr. Mary Brunelle Ronald Brunelle Wanda Butler Linda Chaffee Mary Cool Barbara Cotton Jennifer Davis Lucy Davis Judith Dobbrow John Dolan Marjorie Duerr Carol Fazio Ed Fazio Ann Frink Dorothy Gallagher Susan E. Hayes Claire Hofer Marlene Jupiter Frances Kelly Catherine Larsh John Leach Jr. Brenda Linton Carolyn G. Longolucco Ellen L. Madison Mary Ann McCarty Donna Kessel Mills Mary Mitchell Barbara Monahan Nancy Penhallow William Penhallow Joseph Potter Carol Potter Tally Sardelli Valerie Sayles Linda Schackner June Silvestri Greta Slesiona Anthony Gallup Smith Gertrude Smith Isaac G. Smith, Jr. Amy Smith Elaine Steidle Audrey Thorp Janice Tunney Barbara Weaver Sharon Wright INDIVIDUAL ($25-$49) Arlene Aceto Dennis Algiere Mrs. Hope Greene Andrews Tony and Gail Antoch Timothy Babcock Monica L. Bailey Barbara Barber Erastus H. Benn Jr. Hope Benn Barbara Benson Jeffrey P. Benson Hildegard J. Berchielli Maria Bernier Dan E. Blackstone Robert J. and Marilyn F. Brockmann Ayo Bryant Wanda Butler George Comolli Carolynne B. Cordner MaryAnn Cozzolino Francis Sam Crowley Sally Cuda Eva Despres Alberta Devine Kate Dimancescu Judith Dobbrow Kay T. Dudley Dr. J. Joseph Edgette Lillian Evans Cheryl Ferris Melinda Finaly Lonnie Foberg Ann E. Cilley- Frink Paul Gencarella, Jr. Jim Glenn Colburn Graves, Jr. Cecelia Grills Eleanor Grinnell Susan L. Hathaway Kay P. Hirsch Richard C. Holliday Marianne C. Holly Roberta Mudge Humble Patricia Hval Michael L. Jones Frances W. Kelly Frederick Kenney Helen Kenyon Rose Aileen Koretski Barbara LaFrance Linda Lavalee Steven Lawrence Stephen Lombardi Marguerite R. Long Donna Maley Charles McGrath III Frances A. Muller Frances Myszka Sanford Neuschatz Judy Nist Katherine Nolan Maureen Nolan Laurie Rayner Shan Rice Kathleen Richards Irene L. Rieder Robert Ritacco Tally Sardelli Daniel Schofield Eunice R. Schonning Jacquelyn Scott Roy M. Seitsinger, Jr., Ph.D. Charlene Senical Annabel E. Sherwood Angela Smith Ms. Krista Lynn Smith Elizabeth M. Smith Dan Steiner Nicholas Stenhouse Kathie Sylvia Audrey Thorp Jean R. Victor Louisa Watrous Mrs. Howard E. Weston Barbara Wright The Babcock-Smith House Museum FAMILY ($50-$99) Madlin Algiere and Charles F. Dortch Bill and Judy Babcock Mark and Christine Babcock Ruth and James Barnes Sheilia and Tom Beattie David and Deborah Bell Glen and Joan Berwick The Bruce Brawley Family Bill and Scotty Breed Judith Carson Frank and Donna Celico George and Marty Champlin Thurlow and Meredith Coats James and Patricia Collins Richard D. Comolli Cassandra and David Crandall John and Virginia Currie Lucy and Bill Davis Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick, Jr. Anne and Tom Doyle David and Marcia Erskine Margaret Gabriele Christa Gardner Edward Gardner Dr. and Mrs. Tobias Goodman Patricia Grande Ms. Elise Griffin John and Sandra Gulino Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Hatfield Barbara Lloyd Hayes Barbara and Harry Higgins Jackie and Bill Hutcheon Helen Jankoski and Joe Zbyrowski James and Fran Knapp John and Charlene Koulbanis Katherine Krystinik John and Carol Leach Dr. and Mrs. Allen Leadbetter John and Paula MacLeod Lois and William Mason Mr. and Mrs. Lido J. Mochetti John and Barbara Monahan Sheila O'Donnell Phil and Sally Panciera David and Elizabeth Panciera Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Parrilla Jane Perry and Joe Paliotta Dr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Rayner Tom and Elizabeth Santoro Bill and Judy Shiller Ann and Jay Stevenson Patricia and Robert Thompson Diane and Neil Thorp Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Virginski Frank and Virginia Williams The Babcock-Smith House Museum Page 5 HISTORIAN ($100-$249) Ada and Whitney Addington Ripley and Sharon Anderson Mary Lee and Leonard Arfer Mr. and Mrs. Irvin K. Atkinson Mr. and Mrs. James Babcock Jon and Dianne Babcock Ed Babcock Ellen L. Bell Bob and Ida Benson Harry and Maureen Bjorkland* Joseph and Susan Brocato* Joanna Burkhardt and Michael Wakefield Pamela Connors Mr. and Mrs. Joseph N. Cugini Scott and Melanie Degler Robert and Marsha Denesha Pat and Suzanne Doherty Marjorie H. Duerr Deborah Dowling and Curt Engdahl Samuel E. French, Jr. Walter and Mary Gray Stephen M.* and Betty-Jo Cugini Greene Charles and Jane Holdredge The Rt. Rev. and Mrs. David B. Joslin Arthur and Peggy Kelly Mrs. Lillias T. Lane Peter and Terry Lang Matthew and Florence Lewiss John and Brenda Linton Susan and Tom Lloyd Mary and John Macomber Mr. and Mrs. Merton L. Matthews John and Rosalie Maxham Ms. Carol Maynard Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mehringer Mary Mitchell Kathy C. Niles Anthony and Rosealba Pagano Arthur and Helen Pendleton Mr. and Mrs. David Sayles Anthony Gallup Smith and Donna Mills Isaac and Gertrude Smith Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Spillane Stanton Terranova, Sr. Janice B. Tunney Jerry Walsh Thomas and Sharon Wright CUSTODIAN ($250-$499) Mr. and Mrs. Donn J. Barclay Mrs. Thomas C. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Coduri James and Jean Crowley Mrs. Carolyn G. Longolucco John and Karin McCormick Foundation William A. and Diane H. Nardone David Prigmore Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Sculco Hilary and Robert Steinman Mr. and Mrs. William Blunt White CURATOR ($500-$999) Hugh A. Barton Mr. and Mrs. William J. Brennan* Barbara C. Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Kirby Joseph H. and Carol J. Potter CONSERVATOR ($1,000-$2,499) Ken and Linda Chaffee* Carol and Ed Fazio* Deborah and Chuck Royce Mr. and Mrs. A. Michael Slosberg PRESERVATIONIST ($2500+) Julie and John B. Coduri* Ellen L. Madison, Ph.D.* CORPORATE SPONSORS Ashaway Charitable Trust Ginger s Service Station, Inc. Law Office of George A. Comolli Murano Masonry, Inc. Pleasant Acres Florists R. W. Richins, Inc. Schonning Insurance Services, Inc. * Trustees Donors to the Carriage House addition are recognized on page 2. Our thanks extend to all our members who have contributed their time, talent and other gifts to the Babcock-Smith House Museum. We have made every attempt to make the list accurate as of January Please inform us of any errors. Become a Member Mail to: Babcock-Smith House Museum, c/o Ellen Madison, 149 South Woody Hill Road, Westerly, RI 02891 Page 6 Popular Programs Bring Crowds The Babcock-Smith House Museum We were both stunned and pleased when we looked at our 2014 statistics to discover that we had presented programs to 863 people. Of course, some of those are our very much appreciated regulars, but the variety of programs also attracted first timers. So far in 2015, we have presented programs to 324 people: the biggest crowd by far was one of 92 folks at the Wheeler Library for the North Stonington Historical Society, and that was a program rescheduled due to snow. Folks were sitting on tables and the floor as well as on chairs. From tractors to protecting personal data, our expanded space means that people don t have to stand during our programs in the Carriage House. Just this year, Harry and Maureen Bjorkland drew the antique tractor aficionados while Chris Allen helped us all understand the various means of protecting our data. Judge Frank Williams brought his coterie of Lincoln lovers while Betty-Jo Cugini showed us why she is so respected in the field of media. Linda Chaffee s Palm Sunday program on The Gospel in Granite brought a new awareness to the way that granite can help express one s faith. Bruce Brawley shared his expertise and knowledge of stone walls. All these speakers are members of the museum and prove what a wealth of talent we have. Videos of past programs are available from the home page of the museum website. Program schedule is continually updated, so please check the website events page. Library Loan Enables Easier Research Thanks to a long-term loan of granite materials from the Westerly Public Library, the records of the Westerly granite industry have been consolidated in the museum s vault. Snippets Volunteers are needed as greeters (no knowledge of museum required) and tour guides for the summer season. We can always use volunteers to help with A Celebration of Trees, Joshua s Store, newsletter, and textiles. If you don t see your talent listed, just ask us. The RIPBS DVD, Carved from Stone: Legacy of a Granite Town, is available at Classic Framers, owned by museum member Lido Mochetti, in downtown Westerly. It may also be ordered through the museum s website. Order books from the New England Granite Works (pictured), Smith Granite Company, and the Joseph Newell Company are now available in one place. Photographs from the Library join with the photos from the Babcock-Smith House to provide the most comprehensive collection of Westerly granite photos ever amassed. At one location researchers are able to find primary sources and both contemporary and historical photographs. In conjunction with a previous loan from the Library, which included the material that was part of the Library s granite exhibit, the recent loan enhances a broad picture of the industry. Many of the items are part of the exhibit at the Carriage House addition. Heartfelt thanks especially to Brigitte Hopkins, Nina Wright, and Alan Peck for their assistance in making this loan a reality. A Tour of Westerly Granite DVD, featuring commentary on the iconic granite buildings, such as the Town Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, the library and the present Westerly Land Trust building, will be available for $10 at the museum. Mary Ann McCarty is planning a docent outing for Thursday, June 25 with a tour of the 1767 General William Hart House in Old Saybrook and lunch at the Black Seal. On February 23 snow could not keep volunteers at home: Ann and Ed working in the library on steamboats, Jackie in the loft doing textiles, Susan and Brenda in the vault working on Sullivan Granite Company photos, and Ellen and Linda inventorying the Library loan. The Babcock-Smith House Museum Page 7 National Magazine Features Museum Last fall, a stranger from Ohio spent an entire day adjusting lights, curtains, and camera settings inside the museum and on our grounds. That solitary endeavor resulted in eight pages of glorious photographs and an accompanying story by Winn Ross in the June issue of Early American Life, a magazine with a large national distribution, catering to those interested in early homes and history. It is no secret that every small house museum and even large ones face the challenge of keeping alive. Loved by locals, but unknown to folks beyond village boundaries, these house museums must find their niches i
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