Events

Paine House Museum is *Closed* until further notice

Hello friends,

We are all being told by our governments, now is not the time to be gathering together. In order to keep both our volunteers and guests safe, all events at the Paine House Museum are cancelled until further notice. This includes all investigations by RISEUP.

Please follow us on Facebook to keep in touch with our team of volunteers, members and others who enjoy history as well as updates on museum events.

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.

If you would please consider making a small donation to WRICHS or joining 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.

We very much appreciate all of our members, volunteers, followers, neighbors and local businesses who help us keep the doors open. Thank you for helping us continue our mission.


Paine House Museum Tours, 2020

7 Station Street, Coventry, RI

Cancelled until the RI Governor gives the ‘all clear’ to gather together


Contact our Museum Director to become a volunteer tour guide, help maintain the buildings and grounds, preserve the collections, organize archive materials or one of many other opportunities. We welcome those who are in need of volunteer and internship hours. See a partial list of ongoing projects here.


 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Museum Director Historical artifact series

Stella demonstration

Check back for details on this event as the date is subject to change


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Flag Day Ceremony

*until the State of RI gives the all clear to gather, this event will be cancelled. Please follow us on social media for updates on all events at Paine House Museum.

Join us for this annual event!  An official flag retirement ceremony, a Flag presentation 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 on the day of the event.  Each year a local group of retired Korean War Veterans perform an official Flag Retirement Ceremony to properly dispose of old flags.  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 again this year with family and friends!


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Quilt and Textile Day

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Join us again this year for a day of historical textiles. Spend time with spinners from the RI Spinners Guild as they demonstrate their 18th century craft and try your hand a weaving and spinning.

See the Barn Loom in action and learn about weaving flax, hemp and wool.  View our historic quilt collection as you tour the house.

Last year we had a great turnout and lots of fun! Be sure to stop by this year with the family. So many interesting things to see, do and learn! Children’s activities include weaving, skirting fleece and using a drop spindle. The kids have a great time and last year one young man was so impressed he decided to become a spinner!

Admission includes House tours and light refreshments with all proceeds going to the upkeep of Paine House museum building, it’s collections and grounds.

$10/adult, $5/child

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.


Saturday, July 18, 2020

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.

See you there!


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.

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.

Once again the Providence Brigade Band will serenade us in period costume, playing historical instruments! 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.

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

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

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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.



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