History of the Woonsocket Historical Society
On March 28, 1915, James S. Slater, Frank A. Jackson, Chesman C. Spratt, Carrie Smith Beauregard, Estelle J. Phetteplace and Burlington M. Briggs filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, according to law, their agreement to form a corporation under the name of the Woonsocket Historical Society. The purpose of the society was to collect, collate, preserve and print historical and genealogical material relating to Woonsocket and vicinity and to encourage historical study and research in accordance with law.
The Woonsocket Historical Society became an active voice in the community but in the late 1930's and early 40's, national issues took over and the charter lapsed. In April of 1947 a group of prominent residents revised the constitution and by-laws of the society. A special meeting of the Woonsocket Historical Society was held in September of 1977 to consider an amendment to the articles of the society to encourage the preservation and protection of historic and cultural properties.
Today the society is again very active in maintaining a museum and archive containing many items, books and original documents and photographs pertaining to the history of our city.
It is our mission to identify, collect, document and exhibit historical treasures. We also educate and engage a diverse cultural community through a variety of programs and exhibits that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable.
The volunteer officers provide governance and hands-on oversight for the operations of the Woonsocket Historical Society and the other sites that are protected by the organization. A copy of the organization’s IRS 990 Tax Form is available upon request.
Irene Blais, , President
Richard Whitesell, Vice President,
Tammy Irwin, Secretary
Priscilla Marchand, Treasurer
Friends & Partners
No great deed can be accomplished alone, and therefore we are both grateful and proud that the following organizations have partnered with to help us accomplish our mission:
American- French Genealogical Society
June Rockwell Levy Foundation
Museum of Work & Culture
Rhode Island Historical Society
R I Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission
Honors & Awards
Since the beginning, the Woonsocket Historical Society, and its leadership, have been recognized with awards
for the significant achievements made through the preservation of Woonsocket's history.
June Rockwell Levy Foundation Award
Woonsocket Rotary Club
Rhode Island state Legislative Grant
Woonsocket milk bottles. Private collection, on loan