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MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER HOURS

Tuesday/Wed/Thursday from 1 to 4 PM

3rd Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 Noon

Carpenter Museum

4 Locust Avenue (parking behind off Bay State Rd.)

Rehoboth, Massachusetts

508-252-3031

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MUSEUM OPENS NEW RESEARCH CENTER

The Carpenter Museum’s new Research Center is now open on the main floor of the building.  Along with the museum’s impressive collection of reference materials, the new center now include the genealogical and historical materials previously housed in the Robert S. Trim Collection at the Blanding Public Library.

The combined collection of research materials spans four centuries of Rehoboth history and includes thousands of objects, archival materials, and photographs.

     Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 PM and the third Saturday of each month form 9 AM to noon. Admission is free for RAS members, Rehoboth residents and visitors under age 18.  There is a suggested $5 donation for all other visitors.  Additionally, visitors are welcome to schedule an appointment with the Collections Manager to view objects and archival materials. For more info, please contact Crystal Johnson at collections@rehobothantiquarian.org.


GENEALOGY GROUP

Wednesday, February 21  from 7 to 9 PM in the Tilton Room

The Carpenter Museum Genealogy Group meets monthly to help both novice and experienced genealogy enthusiasts. You don’t need to be from an old Rehoboth family! All are welcome to attend. There are now sub groups organized for specific topics including: Irish Genealogy, Brickwalls, DNA, and Rehoboth Search. WiFi is available, so bring your device. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more details or please email: Genealogy@RehobothAntiquarian.org.


CELEBRATING REHOBOTH THROUGH GENEALOGY SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, March 3 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Explore early New England history by learning more about your ancestors and the communities who came before us. This free, full-day event will feature presentations on effective genealogy techniques and religious life in early New England. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk with local genealogy experts. Lunch will be generously provided by the Rehoboth Congregational Church (donations welcome).

Registration required at RehobothAntiquarian.org.


DEDICATION OF MUSEUM RESEARCH CENTER

Saturday, March 3 at 3 PM

Join us for the official dedication ceremony of the new E. Otis Dyer, Jr. Research Center with a reception to follow.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit RehobothAntiquarian.org.


EVERYDAY LIFE IN 17th CENTURY NEW ENGLAND PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 18 at 6 PM in the Tilton Room

John McNiff, Park Ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial, will explore what everyday life was like for the English colonists who came to New England in the 17th century, including the founders of Rehoboth. Why did they choose to come here? Where did they get their food, tools, and clothes? What hardships did they face? You may be surprised to discover that 17th-century colonists had many of the same cares and worries of people today.


“OUR BELOVED KIN: A NEW HISTORY OF KING PHILIP’S WAR”

Thursday, September 27 at 6 PM in the Tilton Room

Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, will give a talk on her recently published book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2018).

     “Our Beloved Kin” recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson.

MUSEUM NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

BECOME A RAS MEMBER!  

Your membership to the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society is very important. A strong member base not only provides financial support but also helps to attain grants. RAS owns and operates the Carpenter Museum Farmhouse and Barn, Blanding Public Library and Goff Memorial Hall.  RAS offers world-class classical musicians with Arts in the Village Concert Series as well as the popular annual Folk Art and Artisan Show.   With membership, you will receive the bi-annual RAS Magazine, discounts for events, free parking at the Folk Art and Artisan Show, and free museum admission. Thanks for your support.   RehobothAntiquarian.org

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RAS FLOAT HELPERS NEEDED

The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society is planning to have a float in the Rehoboth 375 Parade on Sunday, October 7, 2018.  Helping hands are needed to plan and construct the float, and ride in the parade!  RAS members and non-members are welcome to volunteer their time to help.  Please contact info@rehobothantiquarian.org.

STUDENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR RAS SCHOLARSHIP

The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society (RAS) will award a scholarship to one or more students accepted by or enrolled in a post-secondary program related to museum or library studies. This may include museum or library science, history, archeology, anthropology, conservation, restoration, preservation, etc.  Applicants from the greater Rehoboth area may apply, and the funds will be applied to the second semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. The award of up to $1,000 is a one-time commitment by the RAS and all applicants will be informed of the Scholarship Committee’s decision by July 31, 2018. Additional information and an application may be found on the RAS website.

BECOME A MUSEUM VOLUNTEER

Volunteer opportunities are available at the Carpenter museum for those who are interested in leading tours, assisting patrons in the museum’s new research center, or help with special programs or events.  For more information, please contact info@rehobothantiquarian.org or by calling 508-252-3031 for more info