Parked at Home Series

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Six Sites, Six Connections, Endless Stories

All programs are free and hosted online at 7:00 PM est.

Do you plan on spending part of your winter and spring parked at home? Explore America's national parks with us!

Join us as we travel through the sites that make up Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, connecting with national park staff from important sites along the way. Over the course of six virtual chats, we look forward to sharing unexpected connections and tips for finding your park.

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March 10 - COMMUNITY
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Featuring Pullman National Monument
Our first discussion in the “Parked at Home” series is all about communities: how they are made, what makes them thrive, and what happens when they fall apart. For this talk, we will be joined by a staff member from Pullman National Monument.

Thousands of miles separate Pullman, Illinois and Slatersville, Rhode Island. Though their exact origin stories differ, both these historic sites began as planned industrial communities. What can we learn from their respective founders? How do these parks preserve stories of workers in the United States? Tune in and get an insiders’ view into parks that serve as bookends in America’s industrial story.

This program is presented as a collaboration between Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and Pullman National Monument.


March 17 - CONSTRUCTION
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Featuring Cuyahoga Valley National Park
During this talk, we’ll be connecting with folks out in Ohio to talk about canals. Who built the infrastructure that made America’s age of industry? How do pathways along historic canalways allow us to connect with the past and recharge for the future?

This program is presented as a collaboration between Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


March 24 - FAMILY
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Featuring Wright Brothers National Memorial
You may not think that the folks who were “first in flight” have much in common with a family from Whitinsville, Massachusetts. During the 19th century, the Whitins built a manufacturing dynasty in Northbridge. Much like the Whitin family, the Wright brothers used their spirit of innovation to change not just their personal fortune, but national history, too.


March 31 - EQUALITY
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Featuring Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument
During this virtual discussion, we will travel from a small town in Massachusetts to the nation’s capital. What is our goal? To learn about people who have fought for a more just society, on a local level, as well as the long fight for expanded suffrage.

In the 1840s, activists in Hopedale, MA, formed a community based on principles of equality. Nearly eighty years later, the 19th Amendment was ratified, expanding some women’s access to voting rights in the United States. What can Hopedale and Belmont-Paul teach us about battles for equality in the United States? How can you dive deeper and continue exploring this history without leaving home? We look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments, and questions!


April 7 - SPACE
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Featuring Canaveral National Seashore
Join us as we soar beyond earth’s atmosphere to discuss space. From beta cloth to the Kennedy Space Center, National Parks have both historic and modern connections with our human fascination with space travel. This program is presented as a collaboration between Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, and Canaveral National Seashore.


April 14 - COTTON
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Featuring Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Slater Mill is the first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill in America. Where did the cotton come from? Slave labor was essential to many of Rhode Island’s businesses, and much of its early industry. During this talk, we’ll learn more about cotton cultivation and the system of plantation slavery with staff from Kingsley Plantation, part of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida. Together, we’ll look at the global system of enslaved labor and capitalism from the vantage points of two very different historical sites.

Last updated: April 28, 2022

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