WESTERLY — The Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Ave., will open its museum on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no admission charge.
Among thousands of items visitors will see are 46 mannequins dressed in either military uniforms or wedding gowns. The museum features both community and local military memorabilia, including the Vars luncheon menu, pencils from the Immaculate Conception School, toys from Burdick's Sporting Goods & Toys and pictures of the McCormick's Department store and their personnel. A special display shows the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered vessel in the world and first vessel to go under the North Pole. A quilt of the 18 historic armories of Rhode Island created by Barbara Barber of Westerly hangs in the main museum room. Additionally, the upstairs home of the Westerly Band, America's oldest active civic band will be shown, as will their display of antique musical instruments.
For more information, visit westerlyarmory.com.