The Blackstone River Valley of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is commonly known as the "birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution." The National Heritage Corridor established to tell the story of this region is quite a gem, and this website provides delectable information about the history, culture, and natural setting of the places covered throughout these two states. A good place to start is the Photos & Videos area to watch short promotional films about the region like Winds of Change and A National Park in the Blackstone Valley. The History & Culture section contains a masterful narrative introductory essay to the park's history, along with a piece on the peopling of the region by a myriad of groups, including the Irish, French-Canadians, and the Hmong. The site is rounded out by a number of lesson plans for teachers and an interactive calendar of upcoming events.
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