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Aug 1, 2014

Woonsocket


MUSEUM OF WORK & CULTURE SEEKING TO INTERVIEW MILL WORKERS

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Posted by: Craig

MUSEUM OF WORK & CULTURE SEEKING TO INTERVIEW MILL WORKERS

Did you or a member of your family work at one of Woonsocket’s mills?  The Museum of Work & Culture wants to hear your stories!

The Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, has recently launched the “Mill Project,” which will culminate in a new exhibit featuring a digital, interactive, multimedia map of the Woonsocket area. It will showcase the City’s mills of the 19th and 20th centuries, telling a story of the city’s transformation through photographs, oral histories and other historical records.  

The Museum is asking for the community’s contributions to the exhibit, including documents, photographs and oral histories. Our first collection event and interview opportunity will be on August 14th from 4 to 7 pm at the Museum of Work & Culture; two subsequent events will occur in September. We welcome you to come to the Museum with documents and photographs so that the Museum staff can scan and catalogue them on-site, so that the materials can be immediately returned to you.  These materials might include: family photos, portraits, high school yearbooks, letters, diaries, mill identification cards, pay stubs, workers’ organization newsletters, mill social events, including company and union picnics, sports events, birthdays, and anniversaries, etc..  

We also welcome you to schedule an interview with Museum staff to share and record your stories and memories of working in Woonsocket’s mills.  Interviews must be scheduled in advanced in half-hour time slots.

In order to collect and preserve the interviews, the Museum has partnered with Flickers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Museum will provide a script of questions that each interviewee will be asked and Flickers will  produce high-quality recordings of each interview. Edited and condensed versions will be available to future visitors of the Museum through the Mill Project exhibit, which will greatly enrich and complement the visual information on display. This phase of collection is made possible through the generous support of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.

Please contact Museum Director Anne Conway at aconway@rihs.org or (401) 769 9675 if you or someone you know is interested in participating in the “Mill Project” and helping us preserve and share our local history.