Corridor Interpretation and Planning Staff
The Interpretive Rangers are the most visible face of the National Park Service’s affiliation with the Corridor Commission, and their NPS Ranger hats are their most distinctive calling card. Their basic tasks are to tell the story of the Blackstone Valley’s nationally significant role as the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and to promote the restoration of the Blackstone River and its watershed.
The Planning staff of the Corridor Commission helps to further the goals of the Corridor as they relate to preservation of the Blackstone Valley's historic and natural resources. These goals and their subsequent objectives are more specifically identified in the Corridor's guiding master plan, "The Next Ten Years." This charge naturally leads the staff to and through a diversity of projects from historic preservation to education and event planning.
Chuck is the writer, producer and editor of “Along the Blackstone,” an award winning public access cable television series produced several times a year. Chuck is also active in research on the Underground Railroad, Baseball in the Blackstone Valley and coordinates a number of partner projects many focusing on the Blackstone Canal.
Ray is an intermittent ranger who specializes in neighborhood, industrial, work and culture history, the Blackstone Canal, and the City of Worcester. He has also been active in the Paddle Club and teaches courses on New England Industrial and Blackstone Valley history at Worcester State College.
Peter is an intermittent ranger who offers programs in both the history and environmental fields. His areas of interest include Mending, Hoped and Uxbridge as well as the continued restoration of the Blackstone River.
Joanna works on a variety of planning issues in the Heritage Corridor, with a particular emphasis on the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. In addition to working with partners on specific projects, Joanna provides general technical assistance on preservation topics.
Kevin is a historian who presents a variety of educational and public programs around the Heritage Corridor on boats, bikes and buses as well as on foot. He specializes in the Rhode Island communities of the Valley, but does many programs north of the border as well.
Valerie is broadening and enhancing the Corridor Commission's successful volunteer program, recruiting new volunteers, and also creating and presenting training programs so that they will be prepared to help share the stories of the Valley.
Did You Know?
The classic American Diner is another Blackstone Valley innovation. In 1872, Walter Scott began selling food from a horse drawn covered wagon in Providence, RI. In 1887, the first diner manufacturer opened in Worcester, MA.