Events

We are currently in the process of creating our 2020 Schedule. Please check back for event dates which will be added as they become available. Be sure to mark your calendar and invite family and friends!

See you soon!


2020 Tours at Paine House Museum will return in May

We are beginning to make plans for summer 2020!

Our new Museum Director hopes to open the museum each Friday and Saturday, May through September, 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in the 2020 season if we can get enough volunteers to provide tours. Save a date on your calendar now to stop by with family, friends and associates!

If you are interested in organizing a group tour please contact us with dates and details. We may be able to open the house for your group on another date and/or time.  We happily welcome work, school and private groups.

Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your tax deductible donation helps us keep the Paine House Museum and it’s collections maintained.

For more information on our organization please see other pages on this site or contact us here.

Become a business or private sponsor HERE.  Contact us for information on the benefits of becoming a business sponsorship

Become a member HERE (scroll down that page just a bit).

Contact our Museum Director to become a volunteer tour guide, help us maintain the buildings and grounds, be part of our collection preservation, or one of many other opportunities.

We welcome those who are in need of volunteer and internship hours. Please email our Museum Director at the email address above.

Thank you for your interest in helping our mission to keep local history alive!


 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Membership Meeting, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meeting date has changed to WEDNESDAY this month. We will meet at the Olde Theater Diner, 33 Sandy Bottom Road, Coventry.

*Please note, the Hinterlander is not published January – March. Look for it beginning again in April!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Membership Meeting, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location information will be posted soon. Please check back.

*Please note, the Hinterlander is not published January – March. Look for it beginning again in April!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Smithsonian Museum Day

Join us as part of Smithsonian Museum Day.  View their Facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumDay/ and search for other museums on their web page: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2020/

Please note: Smithsonian Day has moved from September to April. This historical property does not have modern heating throughout. If there is a chill in the air, please dress appropriately as there will be a chill in parts of the house as well.


Saturday, May 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Join us at Paine House Museum for a historical program

Information on the program will be added soon. Please mark your calendars and check back soon!


Saturday, June 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Join us at Paine House Museum for a historical program

Information on will be added soon. Please mark your calendar and check back soon!


September 26, 2020, SaturdayProvidence Brigade Band

Heritage Day

Mark your calendars and Save the Date! The annual Heritage Day event is Saturday, September 26th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Kids colonial activities are always free! Take a tour of the Paine House Museum to view our collections including colonial period kitchen ware, clothing, quilts, musical items, railroad items, Civil War item and much, much more! View the Barn Loom in action (set up in the house basement), view the collection of tools and fire apparatus in the barn and visit the Tavern. No tour would be complete without seeing our six-seater out house – the only one we’ve ever seen! Ladies and children on the right, men to the left.

Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for sale. A yard sale is planned as well as a raffle.

Come sit under the trees and enjoy a day at historical Paine House Museum. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vendors can reserve their table space by contacting us through our Facebook Page or at info@westernrihistory.org


 

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2020 Past Events



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Membership Meeting, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Olde Theater Diner, 33 Sandy Bottom Road, Coventry.

*Please note, the Hinterlander is not published January – March. Look for it beginning again in April!


January 2 – 30, 2020: Display case at Coventry Library

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the library to view the display and commented on our Facebook page!  We will have another opportunity to work with the library soon.



2019 Past Events



April 23, 2019, Tuesday

Member Social – PotLuck  6:30pm

Members and Sponsors will meet in the Paine House Museum Tavern for a PotLuck Social.  Please bring a dish to share if you are able and spend some time socializing.  Find this event on our Facebook page  where you can click on the ‘interested’ button to show you are coming and leave us a comment of what you plan to bring. Paine House Museum provides paper plates, cutlery and beverages. If you have any questions you can leave a comment on Facebook, or send us a note at info@westernrihistory.org. We look forward to seeing you there!


May 25, 2019, Saturday

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.


June 7, 2019, Friday

Opening Day at Paine House Museum, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Join us for a tour of the Paine House Museum, no appointment necessary. Learn more about the historical significance The Paine House played in the forming of the Town of Coventry. See our Barn Loom, textile collection, Civil War artifacts, new Tavern and six-seater outhouse.  We can’t say it’s the ‘only one’, but we’ve never seen one before. Learn about the lives of these Coventry natives and see how the house grew through the years. $6 adult, $3 child. Parking is available across Station Street from the museum. Please use the


June 14, 2019, Friday

Spinning wheel and flag

Flay Day Ceremony, 6:00pm

Join us for this annual event!  An official flag retirement ceremony, a Flag presentation in the barn and a cook out.  If you are short on time, feel free to drop your old flags off at Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street, Coventry, between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.  Each year a local group of retired Korean War Veterans perform the official Flag Retirement Ceremony to properly dispose of old flags. This year we will be joined by a West Warwick boy scout troop and a Jr. ROTC group. Immediately following the ceremony, our volunteer Archivist, Mark Gardner, will present his informative flag program and house tours will be available. Read more about the ceremony at : http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/flagretirement.htm

The ceremony is held in the parking area across Station Street from the Paine House Museum. Parking is available in the lot and adjoining field.

Here is a brief history about Flag Day: http://www.usflag.org/history/flagday.html

We look forward to seeing you there!


June 22, 2019, SaturdayBarn loom set up in the Tavern

Quilt and Textile Day at the Museum, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Join us for a day of historical textiles. Spend time with spinners from the RI Spinners Guild as they demonstrate their 18th century craft.

See weaving on the Barn Loom and learn about the weaving process.  View an historic quilt collection.

Participate in a raffle for a hand spun, hand woven ‘Triangle’ shawl, linen towels and bath mats!

Children’s activities include weaving on the barn loom, skirting fleece and using a drop spindle. House tours and light refreshments are available to participants at no additional charge. Event: $10/adult, $5/child if prepaid and $12 at the door.

We wish to thank our sponsor, the Rhode Island Spinners Guild for making this event possible, and supporting the continuing operation of the Paine House Museum.


June 22, 2019, Saturday

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.

**NOTE: Every RISEUP event date has a separate ‘Buy Now’ button. For a different event date, please scroll down this page to the date you wish to participate and select the ‘Buy Now’ option listed with that event date.  Thank you.


 

August 24, 2019, Saturday – SOLD OUT

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.


August 31, 2019, Saturday

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.


September 14, 2019, Saturday  –  SOLD OUT

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.


September 28, 2019, SaturdayProvidence Brigade Band

Heritage Day

Mark your calendars and Save the Date! The annual Heritage Day event is Saturday, September 28th, 10:00am – 3:00pm.

The Providence Brigade Band will once again serenade us! The RI Spinners Guild will be here to share their knowledge and wisdom on all things spinning and weaving. Kids colonial activities are always free! Take a tour of the Paine House Museum to view our collections including colonial period kitchen ware, clothing, quilts, musical items, railroad items, Civil War item and much, much more! View the Barn Loom in action (now stored in the house), check out the collection of tools and fire apparatus in the barn and visit the Tavern being recreated in the basement. And who can forget our six-seater out house? Ladies and children on the right, men to the left.

Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for sale. A yard sale is planned as well as a raffle.

Come sit under the trees and enjoy a day at historical Paine House Museum. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vendors can reserve their table space by contacting us through our Facebook Page or at info@westernrihistory.org  !


October 19, 2019, Saturday – SOLD OUT

RISEUP Paranormal Investigation

Take part in a paranormal investigation with the RISEUP team. Investigation is from 7pm-12am This is a great experience for everyone from experienced investigators to just the curious. The Paine House Museum, an historic home that dates back to the late 1600’s, has been a hub of paranormal activity. You will be under the guidance of the experienced RISEUP team which has spent countless hours documenting this spirit treasure. Reserve your spots using the PayPal button below or call 401-623-0862. Participants must be 16 years or over. Space is limited to 8 participants per investigation.

**NOTE: Every RISEUP event date has a separate ‘Buy Now’ button. For a different event date, please scroll down this page to the date you wish to participate and select the ‘Buy Now’ option listed with that event date.  Thank you.


 

Christmas Party

We are having a Christmas Party!

Where: Old Theatre Diner, Sandy Bottom Road, Coventry, RI

When:  Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 3:00pm  (FYI, there are TV’s at the venue for those afraid to miss the Patriots game)

Entree Choice: Fish, Steak or Chicken

Each meal includes: potato, vegetable, bread, soup, salad, dessert and choice of coffee, tea or soda

Price: $15.00 includes gratuity

Cash bar available