The Museum of Work and Culture and Historic New England are having some interesting events:
Museum of Work and Culture-Labor Day Open House
Monday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket
Admission and programming are free, with this year’s events themed to honor Woonsocket’s own Baseball Hall of Famer, Napoleon LaJoie. Activities including screenings of “Inning Three” from the Ken Burns documentary Baseball at 11am and 2pm and presentations & limited book giveaways by author & baseball historian Greg Rubano at 10am and 1pm. A cake from Wright’s Dairy will be served in celebration of LaJoie’s birthday and traditional stadium food from Buff’d Out BBQ will be available for purchase. This event is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of the Rhode Island Labor History Society.
Remembering the Storm of the (19th) Century with two programs
On September 23, 1815, an unusually high tide coinciding with a powerful hurricane created a disaster to remember in Providence. The storm caused extensive damage, tearing ships from their moorings, wrecking buildings, and destroying several bridges. Amazingly, only three lives were lost. The event was known as the Great Gale of 1815. Join Historic New England and the Rhode Island Historical Society for two programs that will reflect on this catastrophic natural disaster and how it impacted Providence.
Remembering the Great Gale of 1815
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, R.I.
Join Robert P. Emlen, Brown University curator and senior lecturer in American studies, for a look back on the two hundredth anniversary of this natural disaster.
$5 Historic New England and Rhode Island Historical Society members
$10 nonmembers Registration is required. Please call 401-728-9696 or register online at www.HistoricNewEngland.org .
Remembering the Great Gale of 1815 Walking Tour
Saturday, September 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence R.I.
Walk the historic area affected by the Great Gale of 1815 with Dan Santos of Historic New England and Barbara Barnes of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Visit the very places that bore the impact of this impressive storm. The tour begins at the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power Street, Providence, R.I.
$10. Registration required. Please call 401-273-7507 ext. 2 or e-mail BBarnes@RIHS.org