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An interactive Museum operated by the Rhode Island Historical
Society that presents the compelling story of the French Canadians
who left the farms of Quebec for the factories of the New England
area. It showcases the remarkable story of a people's preservation
of their faith, language and customs and their acculturation into
the working class of America. the Museum's intriguing exhibits
recreate the unique Woonsocket experience while also telling a
national story of hope, struggle and perseverance.
You cross the threshold of a
Quebecois farmhouse to encounter a habitant's life and family in the
pre-industrial era. You then journey through Woonsocket's workaday
world. Experience the shop floor of a textile mill, sit and hear
people tell their stories on the front porch of a triple-decker,
listen in a 1920's classroom and in the 1930's Independent Textile
Union Hall. You will find yourself immersed in the every day lives,
struggles, and triumphs of the working class in New England from the
pre-World War era to the present.
Museum's changing exhibits, visitors can explore many different
topics throughout the year about the history, art, and culture that
exists in Woonsocket and the Blackstone River Valley area today.
Experience --- Offerings
Tours - From the
moment you and your group arrive at the Museum, you will be welcomed
by a knowledgeable guide who will add local flavor to your museum
experience. Plan to stay with us for at least 90 minutes or more to
fully enjoy all our wonderful exhibits and Museum Store. Ask us
about catered dining opportunities in our recreated 1934 Union Hall
or bring a box lunch and enjoy our outdoor picnic area at River
Island Park. Combined tours featuring the Museum and a seasonal
riverboat tour or guided walking tour can also be arranged.
complimentary refreshments and Museum Store coupons are offered to
all groups and, of course, motor coach drivers and tour escorts are
always our guests.
Facilities - The
Museum of Work & Culture is the perfect venue for any meeting,
social event or reception. Whether you decide to hold a meeting in
our recreated 1934 Union Hall or to utilize the entire museum for a
larger reception, our professional staff will make sure your event
is a success. We offer multimedia capabilities, fine catering
opportunities and unique settings sure to please every taste. The
hall also features a small stage for speaking programs or musical
performances. It can accommodate between 80 to 100 guests seated,
or up to 200 for a standing reception. Smaller gatherings can also
be held in our changing exhibit gallery.
Learning - For
students, the Museum tells the story of local culture, immigration
and enterprise in the Blackstone Valley through films, interactive
audio, "please touch" exhibits, and displays including over 200
photographs, as well as changing exhibits. The can experience the
sights and sounds of a mill floor and hear the stories of people who
worked there. They can even get a chance to "try out" for a job in
the mill! By immersing students in this multimedia experience they
become more engaged and interested. They learn about the important
role the Blackstone Valley, and the working people in it, played in
the rise of modern America. For teachers, free pre- and post-visit
materials and National Heritage Corridor Ranger programs are
available. Seasonal riverboat tours on the Blackstone River, tours
in French, and other programs are available with prior request.
Museum of Work & Culture,
42 South Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-769-WORK
For more information on the Museum please call the
Museum at 401-769-WORK or
RI Historical Society's site.