WESTERLY — Heritage Harbor Foundation has awarded the Westerly Armory a $3,500 grant to revise and reprint a booklet on the 18 historic armories of Rhode Island.
Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. James D’Agostino, representing the Rhode Island-based foundation, presented the check at the February board meeting of Westerly Armory Restoration Inc.
The original booklet was published in 2000 and co-authored by Roberta Mudge Humble and Col. Howard F. Brown. They also wrote The Historic Armories of Rhode Island, a 200-page book about the armories.
Humble will revise the booklet, and 2,500 copies will be distributed to the armories, which are located in Westerly, South Kingstown, Kingston, Providence, Warren, Bristol, Newport, East Greenwich, Warwick, Glocester, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
Humble has been in touch with many of the armory organizations and hopes to have the booklet completed and printed by summer.
“I am truly delighted that Heritage Harbor is helping to keep these historic sites visible. Now it is up to each city and town to support their armories, to discover their usefulness and keep them welcome as memorials to American life.”