Museum of Work & Culture launches free virtual lecture series


WOONSOCKET, RI (WLNE) – The Museum of Work & Culture has started Valley Talks, a free bi-weekly program that takes place on Zoom at 1:00 p.m.

The first episode will be The Battle of The Gravestones & The Saylesville Massacre of 1934 presented by Rhode Island AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Crowley on January 9.

Upcoming episodes will feature Smithsonian Museum scholar Noriko Sanefuji discussing artifacts that present the history of Japanese American incarceration during WWII, retired National Park ranger Chuck Arning, and community member Nipmuc. Bruce Curliss will discuss the ways of life in the Blackstone Valley and the contrast in which Native American and English settlers saw and used the landscape, with researcher Kathryn Sos-Hayda and Woonsocket Historical Society president Irene Blais sharing their research on the golden age of performance and art in the city, and finally, researcher Patrick Lacroix discussing the history of Quebec immigration before 1860 to the United States, showing kinship and the complex infrastructure that led to the mobility of French Canadians before the Civil War.

Those interested in the conference can register here.


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