The Museum of Work & Culture will offer the final installment of its free Valley Talks series on Sunday, March 19, at 1:30pm.
Baseball historian Greg Rubano will present on his upcoming book, Under the Shadow of Ty Cobb: The Life and Times of Napoleon Lajoie, recounting the meteoric rise of Woonsocket native Nap Lajoie. The presentation will highlight Lajoie’s Horatio Alger rise from the mills to national idolatry as a baseball hero. In addition to chronicling Lajoie’s incredible exploits on the field, Rubano will tell the tales of the game, including Lajoie’s own stories and those of fellow players who played the game as it will never be played again.
Writer and historical reenactor Paul Bourget will examine the Sentinelle Affair, the local underground movement to preserve French Canadian culture that led to the excommunication of 61 congregants. The Movement Sentinelliste, one of the most divisive periods in Woonsocket’s history, caused battle lines to be drawn among French-Canadians in St. Ann’s Parish and throughout New England. Bourget will discuss the roots of the movement, its impact on the city, and the long-term ramifications of the members’ actions.
Writer and filmmaker Rick Beyer will examine the local roots of the WWII deception unit known as the Ghost Army, and discuss his ongoing efforts to uncover this astonishing story. The Pentagon kept it under wraps for more than 40 years after World War II, and it remains little known today.
Historian & former Rhode Island Historical Society Director Albert Klyberg (pictured) will explore the origins and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed more than 10,000 young men in Rhode Island from 1932 to 1941. The CCC, a branch of FDR’s New Deal, tasked these individuals with conserving natural resources on government land, including seven Rhode Island-based camps focused on forestry projects and state parks.
Beginning January 10, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting Valley Talks, a series of free, bi-weekly historical lectures. All talks take place on Sundays at 1:30pm at the Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket.