Located at 42 South Main Street in Woonsocket, the Museum of Work And Culture is
a amazing place to explore and learn more about the regions history. The museum
reveals insight into the lives of the families who moved to the area in the late
19th and 20th centuries through interesting exhibits. Many of these immigrants
faced hard times and challenges as they set to work building their lives in
America. The region of Woonsocket has a rich French-Canadian history, so, do not
be surprised if you hear people speaking French.
There were many other immigrants who came to the region seeking to settle down, which included Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish and African-American migrants. This is what makes a visit to the Museum of Work and Culture is unique experience; it is a true community museum, which continues to share the stories of immigrants thanks to the dedication of the Rhode Island Historical Society, volunteers, the city of Woonsocket, and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission.
Among the recent exhibit's is the Treasury of Life, for which the Navigant Credit Union has contributed to greatly. The history of the Credit Union goes back to 1915 in the Blackstone Valley. They continue to serve the needs of their community, and through this exhibit are encouraging families to preserve and share their own history in a Museum exhibit dedicated to them.
Families and individuals can purchase a box that is similar to a bank safe deposit box, and place important memorabilia within it to preserve their heritage and stories. You can store keepsakes like family records and photos within the box, which remain your property at all times. There is also on opportunity for your family treasures to be displayed in the museum.
By Melody Schubert
To learn more about the Treasury of Life, other exhibits, programs, and events at the Museum of Work and Culture call 401-331-8575 or visit http://www.rihs.org.