Events

Hello friends,

All events at the Paine House Museum are cancelled through July 23, 2020 or until further notice. This includes investigations by RISEUP.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@westernrihistory.org.

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Please visit our House Tours page for information on upcoming public openings beginning July 24th.


Saturday, September 26, 2020Providence Brigade Band

Heritage Day

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Mark your calendars and Save the Date! The annual Heritage Day event is Saturday, September 26th.

The board is working on our annual Heritage Day celebration. Kids colonial activities,  Paine House Museum tours, Barn Loom in the house basement, tools and fire apparatus in the barn and of course, our six-seater out house – the only one we’ve ever seen! Ladies and children on the right, men to the left.

The Providence Brigade Band will serenade us in period costume, playing historical instruments! Crafters, yard sale the local Vets are invited to offer their annual Flag Retirement ceremony on this day. They are also working on food trucks, new games and much more. Stay tuned for updates!

It’s always an enjoyable afternoon. Bring your lawn chair (we have a few too) and plan to spend some time under the trees listening to the band while the kids roll some hoops.

Come enjoy a day at historical Paine House Museum. We look forward to seeing you there.

Crafters can reserve a 10 x 10 space for $15 plus a donation for the raffle table: you provide your own table and pop-up canopy if desired.
Contact us at info@westernrihistory.org to reserve or mail check and vendor information to WRICHS, PO Box 2, Coventry, RI 02816

Museum Director Historical artifact series

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“The genius of Edison and his recorded cylinders”

Our Museum Director will host a lively discussion about our Edison. The Edison is an early type of phonograph that plays cylinders instead of records. The museum has many cylinders in it’s collection. Stop by to take a house tour, and enjoy this presentation by Ed at 1:30 pm in the House.



Our Museum Director is in search of volunteer museum assistants. One, to help him with the day to day curating of the collections and one to do research on donated items for which we have no background information.

We also need help to maintain the buildings and grounds, preserve the collections, organize archive materials as well as many other opportunities.

We welcome those who are in need of volunteer and internship hours. See a partial list of ongoing projects here.



Although we are unable to welcome you to the museum at this time, the house must continue to be maintained: insurance bills, electricity, alarm, telephone, water, pest control and so on. All the things ‘behind the scenes’ that must be done to keep the museum operational.

Please make a donation in any amount to WRICHS, or join as a member, it would be a big help to keeping the doors open. We are a small community museum, with small community museum income. Even missing a little bit hurts the bottom line. You can use the PayPal donate button on this page to donate or use the link on the Contact Us page to join. Checks can be mailed to WRICHS, PO Box 2, Coventry, RI 02816. Thank you.



We very much appreciate our members, volunteers, followers, neighbors and local businesses who help keep the doors open.

We would love you to become a member HERE (scroll down that page just a bit).

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

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

Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) 100% volunteer run organization. Your tax deductible donation helps us keep the Paine House Museum, it’s collections and grounds maintained. For more information on our organization please see other pages on this site or contact us here.

 


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2020 Past Events



 

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.


Flag Day Ceremony has been cancelled for 2020

We will miss you all at this annual community event

An official flag retirement ceremony.  Date and times to drop off of old flags at Paine House Museum, 7 Station Street, Coventry will posted here with other instructions as required to follow State guidelines.

Each year a local group of retired Korean War Veterans perform an official Flag Retirement Ceremony to properly dispose of old flags.

Read more about the ceremony at : http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/flagretirement.htm

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



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