Valley Talks, a series of biweekly historical lectures, begins January 12. All events are free and take place at 1:30pm at the Museum of Work & Culture. This year’s series will focus on the Rhode Island Historical Society’s 2020 theme, Spotlight Rhode Island, highlighting performing arts and artists throughout the state.
The series will kick-off with SOS: Saving our Stadium, a talk by Stadium restoration lead architect Dan Peloquin.
In this presentation, Peloquin will share a first-hand account of the process to rescue and refurbish Woonsocket’s own Stadium Theatre. Built in 1926, the Stadium was opened by Arthur Daman so locals could access high quality entertainment “right here at home.” Peloquin will discuss this history and how Daman’s dream inspired the 1997-2001 restoration efforts, spearheaded by a small group of volunteers. Having been involved in every aspect of the restoration of the theatre and renovation of the Stadium Conservatory, Peloquin is uniquely situated to present on this beloved Woonsocket landmark.
Peloquin is a lifelong Woonsocket resident, owner and principal architect of dpArchitect, and founding member of the Stadium Theatre Foundation. He joined the Stadium restoration effort early on, when its volunteer group was known as “SOS – Save our Stadium.” He has since served as a member of the Stadium Board of Directors, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Foundation.
Seating is limited to 75 and is first-come, first-served.