AAA Editor Notes
Museum of Work and Culture is off SR 146, 2 mi. n. on SR 104/Providence St./S. Main St. to 42 S. Main St. Exhibits housed in a former textile mill tell the stories of French Canadian immigrants who left their farms to work in local mills prior to the Great Depression. Displays trace difficulties due to low-paying jobs; grim factory conditions; the establishment of organized labor; and ultimate successes as the workers acclimated to American life. Hands-on displays, films and walk-through sets are included.
The renovated Rhode Island box car of the Merci Train is on display. The 49-car train arrived in the United States in 1949 filled with gifts from French citizens who were grateful for American relief aid they had received after World War II.