Labor Day open house at Museum of Work & Culture

Labor Day open house at Museum of Work & Culture

WOONSOCKET - On Monday Sept. 1, the Museum of Work & Culture will host its annual Labor Day open house celebration. The day will be sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society.¬?Admission is free all day, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The museum's signature event is in commemoration of Woonsocket's first Labor Day celebration in 1899. On that day, Woonsocket and area workers marched and viewed a parade and participated in activities at Cold Spring Park. The occasion featured labor speeches and sports competition among the several mills of the Blackstone Valley.

As part of the Sept. 1 open house, a short play by Raymond Bacon, "355 Bernon Street," will be presented at 10:15, 11, and 11:40 a.m. The play is set in 1929, one month before the stock market crash.

The open house will also feature Peter Miller's award-winning documentary "The Internationale" at 1:30 p.m., with a special introduction by the filmmaker. The film tells the story of the famous musical anthem for social change and features interviews and performances by famous musicians and political figures, including Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and Dorothy Healey.

The event will also mark first day of a new traveling exhibit in the museum's changing gallery. Artist Donna Berger's "Mill Girls" is a three-dimensional display that showcases images of three mill girls on large-scale replicas of the wooden bobbins used in early textile mills like those that once populated Woonsocket and northern Rhode Island. Berger's exhibit comes to the Museum of Work & Culture by way of the American Labor Museum's Botto House National Landmark.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Eugene A. Peloquin Catholic School Archive. The school archive is seeking memorabilia from anyone who attended Catholic schools anywhere in the world - pictures, snapshots, etc.¬? Museum volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors in perusing through the 70 archival binders on Catholic education and to accept donations of memorabilia.

The Navigant Credit Union Treasury of Life exhibit will be open to visitors, who can learn about a unique way to preserve their family history.

The Museum of Work & Culture is located at 42 South Main St. For more information, call 401-769-9675.