Museum & Public Library Offer Free Educational Holiday Program for Homeschool Families


(WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – On Monday, December 16, the Museum of Work and Culture and the Woonsocket Harris Public Library will host the next program in their bi-monthly free educational series for homeschool families.

December’s program will begin at the Museum at 10:00 am, where families will gather in the triple decker exhibit to learn about holiday traditions from around the world.

The event will feature speakers who have immigrated from other nations. but continue to observe the holidays and customs of their heritage throughout the year. The Museum is proud to partner with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island on this portion of the program.

At 11:30 am, the event will continue at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library where families will have the opportunity to continue their exploration of world holidays by collecting a passport and traveling from culture to culture, learning about each through crafts, games and more.

All participants who collect all of the passport stamps will have the opportunity to claim a wrapped gift. There will also be a German Marketplace with great children’s titles available for a quarter, a great opportunity for siblings to do their holiday shopping.

Families will also have the chance to write holiday cards to be sent to military men and women currently serving. Hot chocolate, water, and light snacks will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a snack to share. Note: due to allergens items must be pre-packaged from a store or bakery. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Please email for reservations.

Future program dates include:

Monday, February 24: Child Labor & Unionization

Monday, April 20: La Survivance & La Sentinelle: The Fight to Preserve Faith, Language & Culture

About the Museum of Work & Culture

The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.

About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.