At the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum we have an exceptional example of a World War I Lewis light machine gun originally designed by an American, Isaac Newton Lewis, but rejected by US Ordinance. Lewis took his design to Belgium, where it was received with some enthusiasm. Prior to the fall of Belgium to the Germans […]
This American Civil War tin type photograph at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum shows North Smithfield native Private James Winterbottom of Troop C of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry. He enlisted on August 4, 1861 and served until December 1864. He must have seen a lot of action including the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Second […]
Our December 11 Varnum Member Dinner Meeting will feature a discussion by the author of “The Last Muster”, a remarkable two-volume book (Amazon.com: Volume I || Volume II) by internationally known expert of photographic history, Maureen Taylor. Clients from around the world have sought her expertise in historic photograph identification, photo preservation, and family history […]
Here’s another great donation to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum‘s collection: an 1852 edition of a “Pictorial Life of George Washington” and an 1885 “Barner’s Brief History of the United States”. Fantastic images in both books! Thank you Joanne and Mike Breslin!
The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum received a fascinating new donation from new Varnum Continentals member, Richard Clarke. His grandfather, a World War II radio operator and mechanic with the Army Air Force, acquired this piece of wreckage from a German airplane. This is part of a tail fin from a Focke-Wulf FW 190, a mainstay […]
The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum now has on display the first US flag to cross into Germany after the signing of the Armistice concluding World War I. This July 1919 Providence Journal newspaper article details the great story behind the first US flag to cross into Germany (now on display at the Varnum Memorial Armory). […]
Varnum Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser Slated for Saturday, November 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum =========== ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED! Please purchase your tickets at the door. This popular beer tasting fundraiser, now in its 8th year, features RI breweries, museum tours, raffles, food, and amazing historical exhibits […]
The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum has acquired two gorgeous early 1900s display cases with their original wavy glass panes intact. We’ve cleaned up one and created a new display of U.S. Civil War objects previously hidden away. Many thanks Nanci Thompson and Briarbrook Auctions!
The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum‘s curator, Patrick Donovan, will join the Rhode Island State Battle Flag Conservation Project Committee. The State of Rhode Island has 80 incredibly historic battle flags dating from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I. Unfortunately those flags were improperly displayed for many decades. Resources have […]
Every so often we still find incredible bits of U.S. history tucked away in a corner at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. This framed note with a tiny bit of fabric is the latest. After transcribing the note and some Googling, we discovered that it is a remnant from the first British Revolutionary War flag […]