• The Slater Mill (yellow) and Wilkinson Mill (stone), along the Blacktone River in Pawtucket RI

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

17 episodes of Along the Blackstone available

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News Release Date: January 31, 2013
Contact: Kevin Klyberg, 4017620250

Seventeen episodes of the award-winning cable television series "Along the Blackstone" are now available for free downloading.They can be found by clicking this link.

Since March of 1994 when the first episode of the cable television series "Along the Blackstone" was aired throughout the Blackstone Valley, the Rangers of the National Park Service have been capturing the stories of the people, the culture, the historic landscapes and the natural history of the Blackstone Valley.With over 70+ episodes of the series available on local cable and nationally on PEGMedia.org, the amazing story of America's journey towards industrialization is now also available on the WEB with 17 episodes available for viewing and educational use.

Each episode thematically links stories to historic and natural landscapes.The series has even thematically connected other National Park sites throughout New England to the historic Blackstone Valley.Real people telling their stories within a historical context provided by many of the great historians of the Blackstone Valley makes history come alive.

Chuck Arning, a National Park Service Interpretive Ranger, has produced over 70 video and television episodes on the series that looks at outdoor recreation, the history, preservation efforts, and on people of the Blackstone River Valley in addition to 31 other outdoor and wildlife videos.He produces, writes and hosts the award winning series.The series has won twelve (12) regional and national awards for excellence in television and has aired on the A&E Biography Channel (1998) and the History Channel (1996 - 1998).The series is currently viewed nation-wide via PEGmedia.org.

Ranger Arning was awarded the 1997 National Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation from the National Park Service for his work with the series.In 2002, with help from a wide variety of groups, was awarded the Freedom Star Award for his video work on the Underground Railroad by the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Did You Know?

Child mill workers

Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.