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May 9, 2014

Woonsocket


Join the Museum of Work & Culture for a special program on Sunday May 18th from 2 pm to 4 pm! Presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, The Way We Worked, The Museum will be offering a guided walking tour and presentation featuring National Park Service Ranger Kevin Klyberg and URI professor and labor historian Scott Molloy, starting at 2:00 PM.

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Join the Museum of Work & Culture for a special program on Sunday May 18th from 2 pm to 4 pm! Presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, The Way We Worked, The Museum will be offering a guided walking tour and presentation featuring National Park Service Ranger Kevin Klyberg and URI professor and labor historian Scott Molloy, starting at 2:00 PM.

 The walk, led by Ranger Kevin Klyberg, will focus on the ways in which the industrial revolution shaped the landscape of the city. The tour will be centered around market square but will also touch upon the area’s waterways and how the power of Woonsocket Falls was harnessed to run the City’s mills. After the walking tour, return to the museum to enjoy a talk by Scott Molloy. Professor Molloy is a published author who has conducted extensive research on the Irish-American work experience in the Blackstone River Valley during the 19th and 20th centuries. His research focuses on Joseph Bannigan, a poor Irish Potato Famine refugee who immigrated to the United States and grew to become a very successful entrepreneur. Professor Molloy has an interesting connection to the Smithsonian: the Institution acquired and now houses Molloy’s collection of some 10,000 labor related artifacts.

 Following Dr. Molloy’s talk, participants will have a chance to tour The Way We Worked. This exhibition delivers captivating accounts of workers over the last 150 years through historical photographs, audio recordings, and video clips culled from the National Archives. The tour and lecture will offer a local perspective on the history of labor in the Blackstone River Valley, complimenting both the exhibition and the Museum’s larger themes.

 As a special treat, visitors on May 18th will also get a look at a piece of history in the Museum parking lot! After a meandering ride through the back roads of Scituate and Smithfield, members of the Club Ford Model T Owner’s Club of Southern New England will arrive at the Museum of Work and Culture at 1:45 on May 18 for a visit to the Smithsonian’s exhibit, The Way We Worked. The Museum’s special exhibit seems a fitting end for this club’s first “T-tour” of the season --- the assembly lines Henry Ford used to manufacture these cars certainly had a major impact on “the way we worked” in America. Six or more Model T’s will be parked in front of the Museum and visitors are invited to take a look!

 Don’t miss this special event, featuring a walking tour, talk, and the traveling exhibition The Way We Worked, all for the regular price of admission! Also be sure to check out the antique cars of the Model T Club of Rhode Island, on display in the Museum’s parking lot.

 Regular admission to the Museum is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors or students. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by an adult. For information on the Museum of Work & Culture, visit www.rihs.org. For additional information, contact Anne Conway at aconway@rihs.org.