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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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GENEALOGY AND HISTORICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER

The Carpenter Museum’s new E. Otis Dyer, Jr. Research Center is open on the main floor of the building.  Along with the museum’s impressive collection of reference materials, the center includes 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 to view objects and archival materials. For more info, email collections@rehobothantiquarian.org.


“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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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

RSA Announces Improvements to Goff Memorial Hall and Blanding Library
The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society Board of Trustees has appointed a Goff Hall Facilities Improvement Committee. They have been charged with investigating options for upgrading restroom facilities and access improvements at Goff Memorial Hall and the Blanding Public Library. Through the services of Preservation Architect Diane Evers, they have completed a feasibility study on the options available and have determined the most appropriate alternative that would maintain the integrity of the building, both structurally and historically. They have developed conceptual drawings and initial cost estimates for these proposed improvements. The committee is pursuing sources of funding for new ADA compliant restrooms and improved access to the children’s library. Applications are being prepared for possible funding from the Rehoboth Community Preservation Act Trust Fund, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and various foundations. Watch for more information on this project.


E. Otis Dyer, Sr. with his daughter Lydia Carswell at the May 12 dedication of the E. Otis Dyer, Jr. Research Center at the Rehoboth’s Carpenter Museum.  Photo by D. Weed

GENEALOGY GROUP WELCOMES DAVID PICKERING IN JUNE

The next meeting of the Carpenter Museum Genealogy Group will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 PM.  They will meet in downstairs in the Tilton Room to welcome David Pickering, board member of the Steamship Historical Society of America’s museum in Warwick, Rhode Island. 

    Pickering will bring information about the history of engine-powered vessels, and of the Ship History Center.  All are welcome to attend.  WiFi is available.


RING OF THE GREEN/FOUNDERS’ SOCIETY

The Carpenter Museum is looking to gauge interest in beginning a founders' society, in the vein of the Mayflower Descendants, for descendants of early Rehoboth proprietors. If you're interested in helping shape what this will look like, please consider attending an informal discussion on Saturday, June 16  at 10 AM at the Carpenter Museum.

    Please let Museum Director Elyssa Tardiff know if you plan to attend, or if you can't attend but are interested in learning more. Email her at director@rehobothantiquarian.org.

The E. Otis Dyer, Jr. Research Center is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 to 4 PM and the third Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 12 noon, or opened by appointment.