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“Revolution is in the Air” Winter Lecture Series 2020

Whitinsville, MA— Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is pleased to offer the second presentation in our winter lecture series discussing the Blackstone Valley’s role as an incubator for revolutionary thought and action. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Heather Olson, Archaeology Laboratory Manager at The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., will discuss the Providence Cove Lands Project; a large-scale archaeological excavation undertaken in downtown Providence during the early 1980s. Her presentation will explain the history and archaeology of the North Shore archaeological site, located in Providence’s nineteenth-century “Snowtown” neighborhood.

“Snowtown was noted for its constant flow of undocumented residents, ramshackle housing, and varying levels of what many city-dwellers at the time considered ‘unsavory behavior,’” Ms. Olson explains. “Regardless of contemporary perceptions, Snowtown’s residents were inextricably intertwined with the labor, transportation, and technological revolutions occurring in Providence during that time.”

The presentation will begin at 2:00 PM at the Congdon Street Baptist Church, 17 Congdon Street, Providence, RI 02906. All are invited to attend.

The final lecture is:

March 28, 2020 - National Women’s Rights Convention of 1850

Location: Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester, MA, 3 Paul Clancy Way, (for GPS use 115 McKeon Road), Worcester, MA 01607

            Presenter: Representatives from the Worcester Women’s History Project

A full listing of the lectures can be found on our website, www.nps.gov/blrv or on our Facebook page, www.fb.com/BlackstoneNPS. For other inquiries or additional information, contact Ranger Kevin Klyberg: [email protected] or at (401) 428-3816

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