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

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Ranger Days Lecture Series

Erik Eckilson portraying Mike Sullivan, mechanic at the Social Mill

Erik Eckilson portraying Mike Sullivan, mechanic at the Social Mill.

2013 Ranger Days Lecture Series Underway

2013 marks the 16th year of the Ranger Days Lecture series at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket. This series of presentations is sponsored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Inc., in cooperation with the Rhode Island Historical Society. The series explores some of the many facets of life here in the Blackstone River Valley.

On Sunday, February 17 at 1:30 PM, Woonsocket resident and historian Erik Eckilson will speak on "The Closing of the Social Mill." Social was the first textile mill of Woonsocket, opening in 1810. When it closed in 1927, 1,200 employees were out of work sending shockwaves throughout the city.

The other lectures of this year's series include:

February 24 Carlo and Betty Mencucci - The History of Glocester Part III
March 10 Quebec Cinema - A selection of Québec films
March 24 Neil Lanctot - The Roy Campanella Story


The one hour long Ranger Talks are held on Sundays at 1:30 pm in the museum's ITU Hall. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information contact the museum at 401-769-9675.

Did You Know?

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While best known for the textile industry, the factories of the Blackstone River Valley made hundreds of different products, ranging from barbed wire and monkey wrenches to space suits and Mr. Potato Head.