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RIHS Celebrates Holidays With Open House at MoWC

What: RIHS Holiday Open House and Santa’s Workshop [FREE EVENT]

When: Saturday, December 2, 1-5pm

Where: The Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I.

The RIHS Holiday Open House is moving from the Aldrich House to the Museum of Work & Culture (42 S. Main St., Woonsocket) this year, and it’s all set for Saturday afternoon. Enjoy free admission and access to the brand-new Mills Along the Blackstone interactive exhibit, while taking part in the Woonsocket Stroll and Market Square festivities.

Back inside, Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs Director Geralyn Ducady will give a free talk on the history of chocolate at 1:30 and 3pm. In addition, there will be sing-a-longs with Rene and Diane Pincince starting at 2pm. 

Also in attendance will be the North Pole Postman, whose latest book, The North Pole Postman Visits Rhode Island – in which Santa’s postman “Post” Mark visits sites across the Ocean State to collect letters from children – features the Museum of Work & Culture. “Post” Mark will be at the MoWC from 1 to 3pm to sign books and help children write letters that he will then bring to the North Pole.

Visitors are also invited to decorate cookies from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery and help Santa’s elves build and test toys in their workshop. Children who help the elves will be entered in a raffle to win a toy train set.

Finally, your sweet tooth will be be begging for mercy by the time you sample some of the treats baked up by RIHS staff from recipes in our collection.

Yes, yes, of course it’s our job to make this event sound wonderful, but we’re not the only ones excited about it: Our Holiday Open House is also a ProJo pick this week!

Visitors may also tour the MoWC, which will be decked in its holiday finest, while enjoying cookies, hot cocoa, and performances by Woonsocket’s strolling entertainers.

The MoWC gift shop will also offer a 20% discount throughout the day.

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