The Museum of Work & Culture is a wonderful place to bring your students to experience hands-on history. Here is a sampling of some of the themes you can request for your class’s visit to the museum. Please call 401-769-9675 to arrange your trip. Remember to ask about guided Ranger Tours—walking tours of Woonsocket with a National Park Service Ranger.
Attention Educators: The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to announce the award of a CVS Caremark Community Grant to the Museum's educational programming. It's earmarked to provide free admission to our Hands-On Education program for all-abilities inclusive classrooms in Rhode Island. The program is highly customizable and can include, a guided tour of the Museum's exhibits, a National Park Service Ranger-led outdoor tour, a living history presentation, and a hands-on activity. We encourage teachers with such classrooms to contact the us about bringing their classes to the Museum for free! Please contact the Museum for more information at 401-331-8575.
The Classroom: Students will listen to the recording of a Catholic priest tell the story of the Sentinelle Affair. A life-like statue of the priest is in a recreated 1929 parochial school classroom. Students may push buttons on their desks to ask questions and prompt answers from the priest.
Union Hall: Shortly after students enter the hall, a friendly, but authoritative voice will bang his gavel and ask everyone to be seated. The film, “Strength in Unity” will begin and tell the story of the Independent Textile Union of Woonsocket (ITU). After the film, the docent will talk about the strength of a spider’s web. The docent will then explain that unions are webs of people, providing strength as long as there was unity.
Going to Work: Students will learn about the many ethnic groups that moved to the Blackstone Valley in the 20th and early 21st centuries. They will read the stories of why men and women left their home countries, such as Poland, Colombia, Vietnam, Italy, and even the American South and what they did and where they lived when they arrived.