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August 17, 2024

ValleyCAST hosts WWII Comes to the Valley

August 17, 2024

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024

Time: 1 PM - 5 PM 

Address: 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA

Cost: FREE! 

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park and ValleyCAST will present an informative and interactive afternoon of history at Alternatives' Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, MA.  

During the 1940s, many workers in the Blackstone Valley mobilized to contribute to the war effort. In historic Whitinsville, MA, the Whitin Machine Works was transformed by the war, with changes in personnel and in the manufacturing focus. Come to the Whitin Mill to explore exhibits on manufacturing, see uniforms from the 1940s, and more local artifacts! Throughout the day, there will be lectures hosted inside the Singh Performance Center Theater. Free, drop-in activities from Battleship COVE and other partners will be available for kids throughout the day.


Schedule of Events:

1PM - 5PM

Tables, Exhibits and Activities on the Dennis H.Rice Community Plaza: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, International War Museum, Baker CO. 121 & 3-5-0 Girls, Battleship Cove 


1:30 PM - in the Singh Performance Center 

Watch a preview of episode seven of Slatersville, the award-winning documentary series by Christian de Rezendes. "The War Years" shines a light on the contributions of people from Slatersville during World War II, with a focus on the Slatersville Mill, Which shifted 100% of their manufacturing to meet the demands of the U.S. military. 


2:30 PM - in the Singh Performance Center 

Lecture- Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, "World War II Comes to the Valley"


3:30 PM - in the Singh Performance Center

Linda Hixon, Hopedale Women's History Project - "It was no soft job:" the Draper Corporation and World War II 


Stay tuned for developing details!

Participating Partners:


Open Sky Community Services

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Battleship COVE

Baker Co. 121

3-5-0 Girls

International War Museum

Hopedale Women's History Project 


This event will also include a station with information on America the Beautiful and Federal Recreational Land passes. Rangers will be onsite to distribute passes for eligible veterans and active-duty military personnel. 

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