There are a few things in the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum truly makes us emotional. This is one of those items: gloves soaked in the blood of Lt Henry Prescott of the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia, who was shot and killed at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. He was […]
Here’s an interesting new addition to the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum‘s World War II collection: a 1941 Soviet-made Model TT-33 “Tokarev” pistol. Known for its rugged and reliable design, this pistol (chambered in 7.62 x 25mm) was developed in the 1930s by Fedor Tokarev to replace the aging Model 1895 Nagant revolver. The pistol saw […]
Over 250 people attended the Varnum Continentals 7th annual “Guns & Beer” craft beer tasting fundraiser on November 19, 2016. The beer tasting and raffle grossed over $6,000 in ticket sales, raffles, and new memberships, making this the most successful Guns & Beer in the event’s seven-year history. In addition to serving up fine craft […]
There’s tons of work going on at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum in preparation for Guns & Beer VII. In addition to many new exhibits and artifacts on display, we’ve lined our displays with unbleached natural linen fabric partly to make the artifacts easier to see, but more importantly, to protect them while on display. […]
The Greenwich Odeum is hosting a special event on Friday, October 28 at 8:00 PM for Varnum Continentals members and their guests: a free showing of SYFY’s Ghost hunters, filmed at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. As a special bonus, you’ll be one of the first to see the newly renovated Greenwich Odeum! RSVP IS […]
The M1 Garand rifle is perhaps the weapon most closely identified with the U.S. infantryman in World War II. General George S. Patton once called it “the best battle implement ever devised.” The 30.06 caliber Garand, weighing in at almost 10 pounds, with its hefty American walnut stock and 8-round clip, is still successful competitively […]
Check out Patrick Donovan, curator at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum on WPRI’s The Rhode Show! The Rhode Show’s Will Gilbert spent time with Curator Patrick Donovan to feature some amazing Revolutionary War and Civil War artifacts that have recently been discovered inside the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. Check out the video! Many thanks to […]
This is the original charter of the Rhode Island United Train of Artillery (UTA) written April 22nd, 1775, just 3 days after “the shot heard round the world” at Concord, MA, that began the U.S. fight for independence. After raising 80% of the funds through a grant, the document has gone through an extensive conservation […]
Check out the updated World Wars display at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum! Just go here to book a tour!
At last our new flagpoles are going up at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum! Thanks to David VanderPyl, Mark Trimmer, and Andrew Barkley, along with Brian Wallin, Patrick Donovan, and Tim Jackson.