Fall River Heritage State Park June 2022 Programs
All programs are free and open to the public, unless specifically stated. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accomodations are available upon request. For more information call (508) 675 – 5759 x 0. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID.
See some events below:
EXHIBIT: TRACING THE THREADS, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Visitor Center, Explore our permanent exhibit celebrating the cultural, ethnic and industrial history of Fall River. Learn about the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries, and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who called this city home.
GALLERY: FACES OF FALL RIVER, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Visitor Center Gallery, Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black and white photographs from the textile era. Featured are photos by labor activist and photographer Lewis Hine. Photos include the immigrant women, men and children who worked the mills that made Fall River the premiers textile city in America. These are the photographs that inspired change in American labor laws and helped abolish child labor.
WALKING TOUR: PEOPLE, AMBITION AND HARD WORK, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Visitor Center, A Portuguese American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names enshrined in Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others through their vision, ambition, and hard work? This is a short self-guided walking tour of the landmarks named for these pioneers. Information is available at the Front Desk.
WALKING TOUR: WATER + GRANITE + GRAVITY = FALL RIVER, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Visitor Center. Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts, with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. Without the water of the Taunton and Quequechan Rivers, the granite cliffs, and the power of gravity and the waterfalls that they produced, there would be no Fall River. The park highlights this legacy with seven granite way finders that commemorate the industry through time. This is a 30-minuts self-guided walk through waterfront history connecting the way finders. Information is available at the Front Desk.
CREATION STATION ACTIVITIES, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Get creative! Stop by the Visitor Center, grab one of our unique coloring sheets of moments in Fall River History. Learn about textiles and calico and help us complete our calico stamp wall or even weave a row on our community loom. If you complete an entire row, you too can add your name tag! This is a drop-in program. Stay for the duration or drop in for a few moments. For all ages.
Daily, June 1 to July 31
SING! THE SESAME STREET® WORLD OF COMPOSER JOE RAPOSO, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Celebrate the creative genius of a local hero: Joseph Guilherme Raposo, the son of Azorean immigrants who went to Harvard College, studied music, and became one of the creators of Sesame Street Fall River is proud to honor Joe Raposo with a collaboration between Fall River Heritage State Park, Creative Arts Network, and the Greater Fall River Arts Association. The Visitor Center will host music, sing-a-long StoryWalks of his books “Sing” and “Not Easy Being Green” and hands-on activities.
Daily, June 9 to July 15
EXHIBIT: A GLIMPSE INTO PORTUGUESE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
Bristol County is home to the largest concentration of Portuguese -Americans in the United States. Through photographs, rare newspaper articles, and other insightful documents, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the experience of the region’s dominant ethnic community. Day of Portugal is an international celebration of Portuguese culture held annually in June. Fall River Heritage State Park features a monument to local Portuguese-American poet Joao Teixeira de Medeiros.
Daily, June 1 to July 15
EXHIBIT: THE POCASSETS-PAST AND PRESENT 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Presented by the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of MA and RI. An exhibit of local Native American life connecting the past with the present in the Community Gallery. NATIVE AMERICAN DIORAMA & PLIMOTH DIORAMA, NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS Presented by local historian David Jennings of Southcoast Historical Associates, 17th century dioramas of two 17th century Massachusetts cultures: a Wampanoag village and the Plymoth Plantation, together with furs, pelts, arrowheads, tools, fishing gear and other cultural artifacts.
INTERPRETIVE OIL PORTRAITS OF SACHEMS WEETAMO AND METACOMET Original paintings by talented local artist Sheila Oliveira are displayed for the first time.
Read more about the events here: https://fallriverreporter.com/list-of-activities-and-events-taking-place-in-june-and-july-at-heritage-state-park/