Slater Mill sponsors a variety of public programs, to allow visitors to experience the campus from a perspective that matches their own interests.

Special events in the arts, themed tours in history, paranormal programming, programs for children and families, arts and music festivals, and other special interest programming, is planned throughout the year.

Come back to this page, and view our Calendar, for updates on Slater Mill events.

Blow it Out! Labor + Poetry Tour

April 3, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

On April 3, as a traditional “Blowing Out” celebration, and a nod to National Poetry Month, we are presenting our themed “Labor History Tour” of the mill, with the help of Rhode Island poet Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, who will perform relevant verse during the tour.

This tour was designed by Slater Mill interpreter Joe L. DeFrancesco, with the support of the National Park Service.  It was presented as a pilot in December, and completely sold out two tours.  Advanced registration is strongly suggested!

Reception follows in Sylvanus Brown House

$7.00 per person

AUREA: The Alchemy of Words and Music

Mondays – April 7, May 19, June 2

7:00 p.m.

60 minute performance, followed by talkback and reception with the artists

$25.00 adults   ($60 all three shows)
$20.00 seniors ($50 all three shows)
$5.00 with student I.D.

April 7  –  Melville and the Great White Whale

Words of Melville & Nathaniel Hawthorne / Music of Beethoven & Webern

May 19 – Darwin at Sea
Words of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” / Music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven

June 2 –  Rhapsody on a Windy Night  (Aurea Debut)
Words of Baudelaire and T.S. Eliot / Original score by Eliane Aberdam

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R.I. Independence Day Drill

Saturday, May 3; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Captain Tew’s Company of Colonel Angell’s 2nd Regiment will commemorate R.I. Independence day on the Slater Mill campus with a Revolutionary War-style Drill.

Mills & Mysteries: A Ghostly Experience

(Paranormal Investigation)
March 15, April 12, May 17, 2014
Thursdays and Fridays in October

Now in its fifth season, Slater Mill’s Ghost Hunts are paranormal investigations of what is considered to be one of the most haunted places in New England.

Renowned paranormal investigators Carl L. Johnson, his twin bother Keith E. Johnson, and their associates, present a unique investigation of Slater Mill’s historic structures after dark.

*Visit our Calendar page for additional information on Paranormal Investigations, Haunted Pawtucket Walking Tours, and Seance programs in October.

The programs fill up quickly, so register in advance by calling 401-725-8638, x100.

A Grande Fete by the River

May 31, 2014
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Annual spring fundraiser to benefit Slater Mill’s Educational Scholarship Program.

Live Jazz by the Paul Broadnax Trio
Signature cocktails
Candle-lit open-house-style tours
Campus-wide luminaria
Artisan marketplace

An auction-free event!

$50.00 and up

Slater Mill Grande Fete - Save the Date notice 3.5.14

“The Mother of All Strikes: The 1824 Textile Worker Turnout”

May 22 – July 31, 2014


The first organized factory strike in the United States occurred at Slater Mill, and was led by women textile workers who were targeted for pay cuts.

This exhibition will be installed on the Slater Mill factory floor, where the organized labor movement began in May of 1824 , in observance of the 190th anniversary of the event. It will look at the decade of women-led labor actions in New England that followed.  Speaking programs will take place in June of 2014.  The exhibit will be open through July.

Slater Mill tells the story of this turning point in labor history thorough historic interpretation combined with the contemporary works of artist on the New Urban Arts roster.


September 5, 6, & 7, 2014

Taste of the Blackstone Festival
Innovation Festival / Steampunk Ball
Maker and Manufacture Faire