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Joseph Lyons Presents Documentary on R.I.’s Industrial Heritage

The Museum of Work & Culture will offer the third installment of its free Valley Talks series on Sunday, February 11, at 1:30pm.

Documentary filmmaker Joseph Lyons will screen Rhode Island’s Industrial Revolution: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, which follows the transition of the United States economy from primarily agrarian to fully industrialized, discussing key events in Rhode Island and American history and how they shaped the trajectory of the American identity and changed the physical and economic landscape of Rhode Island, culminating in a massive, eight-month long strike that paralyzed the Rhode Island economy as the labor movement grew in intensity during the first half of the 20th century.

Following the screening, Lyons will hold a Q&A discussing the production of the film, sharing details that did not make it to the screen.

Seating is limited to 75 and is first-come, first-served.

Lyons is a researcher and anthropological educator with an anthropology degree from Rhode Island College. As a cycling enthusiast and advocate, he explores everyday surroundings by bicycle, which he uses to learn and share about the deep cultural histories of seemingly everyday locations.

Other Valley Talks will include:

February 25: Writer & professor Cedric de Leon presents on the origins of right to work laws and their significance for the contemporary labor movement.

March 11: Writer and historical reenactor Paul Bourget explores the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and what became of those who conspired in the deed.

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