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Museum of Work & Culture to host 14th Labor Day open house

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.
The Museum’s signature event is in commemoration of Woonsocket’s first Labor Day celebration in 1899. On that day, Woonsocket and area workers marched and witnessed a parade and participated in day-long activities at Cold Spring Park. The occasion featured labor speeches and sports competitions among the several mills of the Blackstone Valley.
A play entitled “Finlay’s Corner” will be presented four times during the Sept. 3 open house: at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The play is about three textile mill workers discussing labor problems in 1931. The subjects include working conditions, wages, the role of unions, and the effects of the Great Depression.

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