The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
View a special one-time-only work-in-progress preview of "The War," Episode 7 of Slatersville: America's First Mill Village at the Museum of Work & Culture on Saturday, November 11 at 1:30pm in honor of Veterans Day.
December, 1941. America responds to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor by entering World War II. Like all mill villages across the Blackstone Valley, the Slatersville Mill, a division of the Kendall Company, shifts 100% of their manufacturing to meet the demands of the U.S. military. As the village becomes "manless," its youth escape through life on the reservoir in camping, skating and the love of hockey, before they too would grow old enough to enter the war themselves. The origins of the North Smithfield VFW are explored as the stories of four men killed in battle are forever honored, and the letters written home by a young Navyman are preserved and voiced as the brutal war comes to a victorious but costly end.
Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Date & Time
Sat, Nov 11, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM