Smithfield Historical Society hosts open house, farmers market house

EVENT CANDIDS — Welcoming visitors to the Smithfield Historical Society open house on July 10 were, from left, Linda Kovach, president; musician Rose Angelica; Jodee Verhovec, treasurer; and member Elaine Nameth. -- Contributed

SMITHFIELD — Local residents and out-of-towners came out July 10 for the Smithfield Historical Society’s open house at 1313 Main St. and the Friends of Smithfield’s Farmers Market.

Linda Kovach, historical society president, said it was the first public event sponsored by the organizations since the pandemic, and they were pleased with the community response.

Visitors meandered through the historical society museum, which houses a Spartan Room, dedicated to Smithfield High School memorabilia, and also features a room for town business and church items.

The main dining proom provided seating for guests to sit and look at newspaper articles and thumb through albums.

The open house also was occasion for the historical society to show off renovations done to the museum during the past year, thanks to a grant from the Pugliese Charitable Foundation.

On sale were copies of “The Country Doctor’s Wife,” written by Cornelia Cattell Thompsons, the wife of Smithfield doctor Jay Ira Thompson. The book is a first-person account of the challenges of living in the shadows and at the center of her husband’s vocation during the 1920s and 1930s.

The original manuscript was donated to the Mount Pleasant Historical Society, and the organization’s president, Angela Feenerty, edited the book and sought a publisher. Copies are available at the Smithfield and Mount Pleasant historical societies.

Livening up the morning was a performance by local country music artist Rose Angelica, who began her musical career as a member of the Smithfield High School Marching Band. She sang and shared her story of how she came to be a Century II recording artist.

The farmers market, which was held next to the historical building on Main Street, also was a success. “The Foster-Fluharty Farms and the All Good Farms had plenty of fresh produce and honey,” Kovach noted. Artist Diane Holcomb displayed her works, and Linda Helt had a variety of crafts.


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