July 18, 2018

Carpenter Museum Welcomes New Collections Manager


This summer, the Carpenter Museum welcomed Crystal Johnson as its new Collections Manager. The Museum's former curator, Laura Napolitano, moved to North Carolina with her family in July after eight years at the Museum. Crystal received a Master's in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archive management at Simmons College. She also holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has previously worked at the Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Public Library, and the Pembroke Center Archive at Brown University.

Crystal brings her archival expertise to the Carpenter Museum at a particularly auspicious time. The Museum is preparing to move its genealogical materials in the Trim Room at the Blanding Public Library to a new research center at the Museum. This space will bring together genealogical materials and the Museum's archives and objects in one convenient location. The move will also free up much-needed space at the Blanding Public Library.

In addition to organizing the new research center, Crystal is exploring new ways to connect visitors to the Museum collections.

"I am excited to start making our Museum collections accessible online," said Crystal. "We are currently building an digital exhibition space that will serve as platform for showcasing our most significant artifacts and materials. We receive research requests from as far away as New Zealand, and by putting our collection online, we can now reach a wider audience and better serve patrons who are not able to visit us in person."

Crystal lives with her husband and rabbit, Benjamin Franklin, in Providence.

Folk Art & Artisans Show
Friday, Nov. 10, 4PM - 9PM
Saturday, Nov. 11, 9AM - 4PM
Francis Farm (Francis Farm Rd., off of County St.)

The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society's Carpenter Museum will host its annual Folk Art & Artisans Show on Friday, Nov. 10 (4PM - 9PM) and Saturday, Nov. 11 (9AM - 4PM) at Francis Farm. A longstanding community tradition, the Folk Art & Artisans Show showcases the region’s finest local crafters and artisans.

Over 70 vendors from across southern New England will offer a wide selection of beautiful homemade gifts, just in time for the holiday season. The products available include jewelry, pottery, apparel, paintings, bath and body products, specialty foods, wooden items and more.

Admission is free. Parking is $3/car.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society.


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