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Cocumscussoc Association dba Smith's Castle

Who We Are

We need all sorts of volunteers! Primarily we need individuals who might be interested in being a docent. DOCENTS lead guided tours through our museum house and/or help with school programs or special events. GREETERS welcome visitors to the historic house they host the visitors until the tour starts. We also need: TRUSTEES - Individuals who would help administer the association. We could use people with expertise in finance and legal issues, but would consider anyone with a love of history willing to support our association BOARD SECRETARY: willing to take notes at board meeting ( 6- 10 times a year, 7:00 pm at the Castle) TREASURER/BOOKKEEPER- Someone willing to help the current treasurer with the finances and bookkeeping EDITOR/WRITER/PUBLISHER- Someone who would be willing to collaborate on publishing a newsletter GRANT WRITER- Willing to write Grants to support association, buildings and activities EVENTS VOLUNTEERS - Willing to organize and/or help at public events COMPUTER PROGRAMMER - Willing to collaborate on website COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Willing to help promote the Castle in local, state and national media BUILDINGS MAINTENANCE- Willing to work on small projects in and around the Castle buildings GROUNDS MAINTENANCE - Willing to help maintain our lovely grounds. TEXTILE SPECIALIST - Willing to promote colonial textile education OFFICE WORKERS _ Willing to assist the office manager with data entry, mailings etc. ANYONE WITH A LOVE OF HISTORY ! We welcome anyone who can lend a hand.

What We Do

"To acquire by purchase or otherwise the property in the town of North Kingstown commonly known as Richard Smith Blockhouse; to restore, maintain and preserve it as a historical monument; to open it to public inspection and use at suitable times and otherwise to establish and maintain it for the public education, benefit and use, and as an example of early Rhode Island architecture; to accept gifts and contributions for its purchase, restoration and maintenance; and to charge such fees for its inspection and use as may be necessary from time to time to accomplish the above purposes and to be devoted solely to such purposes." In 1999 the Association supplemented the mission with the following vision statement: "Smith's Castle will focus on teaching people the history of Rhode Island's development through three eras: Native American days, early colonial days, and the plantation era. Our teaching will be supported by physical evidence of Rhode Island history that is connected to Smith's Castle."


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