Wednesday, May 22, 2024

WOONSOCKET PROUD PROGRAM

Museum of Work & Culture Receives Grant from State Senate

(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – The Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, received on Thursday a $2,000 State Senate Grant sponsored by Senator Melissa Murray and Senator Roger Picard. The funds support the museum’s Woonsocket Proud Program, which engages 25 fifth-grade classes from the Woonsocket School District, totaling 360 students and 44 of their teachers and aides. 

The program included a guided tour of the Museum for each class, followed by a suitcase activity. This activity invited students to become history detectives as they explored objects carried in suitcases by immigrant families. Eight museum docents and staff members led the tours and activities, taking the students on an interactive trip through the museum. 

About the Rhode Island Historical Society

The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state’s oldest and only state-wide 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.