Fabric Art Exhibit To Feature All Of Blackstone Valley

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Slater Mill, birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution will be the site of a fabric and textile exhibit featuring a quilt made from all 24 towns comprising the Blackstone Valley. Photo Credit: Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is presenting a textile and fabric art exhibit previewing the “Footsteps in History Quilt” from April 6–27 at its location in The Depot in Woonsocket, R.I.

The exhibit features a historic quilt that will be contributed to from all 24 towns comprising the Blackstone River Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and will be represented by 10 sewing or quilters’ guilds, including the Sisterhood of Sewing from Millbury, the Giving Guild Quilters Club, the Slater Mill Historic Site and the Rhode Island Spinners Guild.

Different exhibits will feature different sewing machines that have been used through the years, as well as crocheters, spinners, weavers etc. The textile industry in the Blackstone River Valley was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution as America transitioned from farms to factories and Slater Mill was the first mill community built in the United States.

For more information, contact Barbara Dixon at 401-762-0250 ext. 5503 or via email at barbara_dixon@nps.gov or the website http://www.blackstonevalleycorridor.org/

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