Discover the history of the Blackstone Valley by spending a week this summer with the Rhode Island Historical Society. Students will explore the lives of immigrants who came to work on the mills along the Blackstone through their lives at home, work, and school. Students will also learn about the ecology of the river, water pollution, and what they can do to protect the river. Activities include examining historical documents, testing the water of the Blackstone River, walking tours of historical sites, and tours of the Museum. This course meets at the Society’s Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket with the possibility of visits to other sites.
Students will have opportunities to work with primary resource materials (museum objects as well as archival materials) and meet professionals in the museum and history fields. This course aligns with Social Studies, History, Civics, and Environmental Science.
This course is for Rhode Island students in grades 6 to 12 that are at least 11 years old. It meets daily from August 15 to August 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for one week. This free course is available by lottery through the Rhode Island Department of Education’s All Course Network. Visit EnrollRI to register.