Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Museum of Work and Culture showing work through August.
The Museum of Work & Culture will feature an exhibit by Maria Bleahu titled “Photographic Journey of New Americans in the Ohio Mahoning Valley,” starting now through the month of August. The exhibit was created to acquaint locals with their immigrant neighbors and to welcome them into the community. It features the ethnographies of 18 women from around the world who moved to the US for a better life, aligning wonderfully with one of the main narratives of the Museum of Work & Culture. The women whose photos and profiles are featured in the exhibit represent all different ages and nationalities including China, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, Russia Syria, Ukraine and Vietnam. …
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Directors aim to expand Catholic School Archive.
The Museum of Work & Culture wants to expand its Catholic School Archive and yearbook collection. Raymond H. Bacon and Anne D. Conway, Co-Directors of the museum, report the archive is an annex of the 1929 Catholic school classroom. Lois. D. Peloquin and Albert Brunelle, Jr., archive co-directors assisted by Eugene A. Peloquin, are developing the archive, which is displayed in an exhibit designed by Bernard Fontaine, a staff member, and crafted by Henri Berthiaume, a museum volunteer. People who taught or attended Catholic schools anywhere in the world are encouraged to donate class or group snapshots, school buildings, or pictures with nuns or brothers. The archive binder can accommodate items no larger than 8 ½” x 11.” Also welcome …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Author to speak about his book March 24 at Museum of Work and Culture.
On Sunday,March 24, The Museum of Work & Culture at 42 South Main St., in cooperation with the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor Inc., will present the sixth in a series of Ranger Day Talks at 1:30 pm. Woonsocket native, Neil Lanctot, Ph.D., son of Mayor Francis and Claire Lanctot, will speak on his book Campy, The Two Lives of Roy Campanella. Mr. Lanctot has written a biography of the Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella. It has been decades since a biography has been written of the Dodger great and is the most authoritative ever published. Based on interviews with dozens of people who knew Roy Campanella and diligent research into contemporary sources, Campy offers a three dimensional portrait of this gifted athlete and …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Resident, historian to speak on the closing in 1927.
On Sunday, March 3, The Museum of Work & Culture at 42 South Main St. will present the third in a series of Ranger Day Talks at 1:30 p.m. entitled "The Closing of the Social Mill." Woonsocket resident and historian Erik Eckilson will speak on the closing of the Social Mill. The Social Mill, which opened 1810, claimed to be the largest cotton mill in Rhode Island during its peak years. Consequently, it was a stunning blow to many when the huge plant closed permanently in 1927. According to Woonsocket historian Edgar J. Allaire "In February,1927, a notice that the plant was to discontinue operation was posted in the mill. The notice signed by Mr. Frerick L. Jenckes read: "We are very sorry to be obliged to inform the operatives of the …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Hour long talk and film will take place in ITU Hall.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, The Museum of Work & Culture at 42 South Main St., in cooperation with the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor Inc., will present the fourth in a series of Ranger Day Talks at 1:30 pm. entitled West of the Seven Mile Line – A History of Glocester, Episode 2, Part 1. This episode is the second in a three-part series produced by Burrillville historians Carlo and Betty Mencucci. Episode 2 features some interesting and exciting stories of Glocester’s past. The film begins in the 1700s when gold was discovered in the Durfee Hill woods. It tells the story of Betty the Learned Elephant and what happened to her the day she came to Chepachet in 1826. You will feel the horror of the 1867 freshet that washed away the …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The Museum of Work and Culture presented a short play about the holidays in Woonsocket during the Great Depression at the Holiday Stroll.
At the Museum of Work and Culture, three showings of "The Holidays at Finlay's Corner" drew full house crowds of 30 people during the Holiday Stroll Dec. 6. The play, according to playwright Ray Bacon, is about three immigrant workers during the Great Depression, a Irishman, French Canadian and Italian. "What they do is talk about the labor conditions in 1931," Bacon said, as well as their respective Christmas traditions.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
United Veterans Council of Woonsocket celebrating Sunday at WWII Park, Museum of Work and Culture plans War of 1812 themed Monday ceremony.
The United Veterans Council of Woonsocket will have a brief ceremony at World War II Memorial Park Sunday, and locals can enjoy a more elaborate celebration Monday courtesy of the Museum of Work and Culture. Veterans Agent Ernest Boisvert said Sunday's ceremony will take place near the canons and monument in the park at 11 a.m., with a speech from him and remarks from a minister from the Assemly of God church. Boisvert has invited local veterans groups to attend. A more involved celebration of Veterans Day will be held at the museum, 42 South Main St., at 10 a.m. Monday. The annual celebration's theme this year is the War of 1812, said Romeo Berthiaume, a volunteer at the museum. The ceremony will feature a performance by the Woonsocket …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Catholic School Archive, Treasury of Life Exhibit, raffle will round out events.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will host its 14th annual Labor Day Open House celebration. The day will be sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m. The Museum’s signature event is in commemoration of Woonsocket’s first Labor Day celebration in 1899. On that day Woonsocket and area workers marched and witnessed a parade and participated in day-long activities at Cold Spring Park. The occasion featured labor speeches and sports competition among the several mills of the Blackstone Valley. A play titled “Finlay’s Corner” will be presented four times during the day: at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The play is about three textile…
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Books from Mount's “Excelsior”, St. Clare High School “Je Me Souviens," and WHS's “Quiver” in demand.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Museum of Work and Culture co-directors Raymond H. Bacon and Anne D. Conway report the museum's yearbook collection has grown tremendously and is very popular with the visitors to the museum. But yearbooks of the following years are needed to complete the collection as well as to provide back-up duplicates: The “Excelsior” of Mount Saint Charles Academy: 1926-34, 1936-39, 1941, 1944, 1956, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1993-95, 1998-99, 2003-06, 2008-2012. “Je Me Souviens” of Saint Clare High School: 1927 & prior, 1928-31, 1935-38, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1959-60, 1964, 1966, 1969-73. The “Quiver” of Woonsocket High School: 1907, 1909-12, 1917-19, 1924, 1926-28, 1932, 1936-37, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1958-60, 1968, 1971-74, 1977-82, 1991-92, 1995-2012. In …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Beacon Charter High School students display their work at the Museum of Work and Culture.
Students at Woonsocket's Beacon Charter High School for the Arts are exhibiting their paitings, drawings and photographs at the Museum of Work and Culture at 42 S. Main St. The show in the second floor gallery continues to the end of the month.