Engaging public programs are offered at Slater Mill, allowing visitors to experience the campus from a perspective that matches their own interests.

Themed history tours and exhibitions; art exhibits and festivals; fiber and textile arts workshops and classes; concerts of folk, rock, jazz, and chamber music; paranormal investigations, tours, and programming – many ways to appreciate the site in a relevant and contemporary way.


Labor History + Work/Death

Labor Tour + Work Death

Thursday & Friday

February 19 & 20, 2015;  7:00 p.m.

(NOTE: Friday night has sold out)

Labor History+ Work Death

An evening labor history-themed tour of Slater Mill,  followed by Machine Music in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

—LABOR HISTORY, 1793-1824
The program will begin with a special peoples’ history tour of the factory from Slater Mill interpreter and labor advocate Joey L DeFrancesco. The tour will explore the connections between slavery and early capitalism, the dismal conditions of the first child workers, and the growing anger and solidarity that led to our country’s first working class collective action in 1824.

Following the tour will be a unique performance from Providence musician WORK/DEATH of the new composition “The Great Textile Strike of 1934″ to be played inside of the factory utilizing the sounds of Slater Mill’s historic textile machinery.

$9.00 per person

Email to register in advance

Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Slater Mill


Legendary acoustic music performance institution returns to Slater Mill for it 34th season.

All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.)

Please check the Stone Soup Website for Ticket Prices


February 21 -  Chris Trapper, with Hayley Reardon opning

March 7  -        Atwater Donnelly Trio, with Cathy Clasper Torch, preceded by a Hoot

March 21  -      Antje Duvekot, with Mike Laureanno opening

April 11  -         Gordon Bok

April 25  –         TBA

May 9   –           Martyn Joseph

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“Love and Other Difficulties”

Sunday, February 22**;  7:30 p.m.

**  RESCHEDULED from 2/15 due to snow **

Aurea sets its gaze on the subject of love for the 2015 season opener. This special Valentine program merges the great Brahms G Major String Sextet, Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Gershwin’s Lullaby and Respighi’s Il Tramonto, featuring mezzo-soprano, Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, with poetry of Shelley, Novalis, Rilke and Nigel Gore, and improvisations of Chris Turner. Performers include: Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica; Katherine Winterstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

60 minute performance, plus a post-show talk back with the artists.

$30.00 adults, $25.00 seniors, $8.00 with student I.D.

Purchase advance tickets here


Upcoming performances:

“Three Premiers!”
Sunday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Aurea premiers music of acclaimed contemporary composers Barbara Kolb (Bulgarian Chant), Nina Young (Memento Mori), and Geoffrey Gibbs (Broad Cove Ballads), with poetry of Alonzo Gibbs and other contemporary poets. This first collaboration of premieres will be followed by a second program of premieres by the same composers, honoring the centennial of the birth of poet Alonzo Gibbs, father of Geoffrey Gibbs. Featuring Katherine Winterstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica; and Diana McVegh, soprano.

“Britten Illuminations, Part II”
Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Moving from Benjamin Britten’s early compositional period and his travel to the U.S. explored in Part I, this program picks up with Britten’s return to England, focusing on his later string quartets and other influences. It includes improvisations of Chris Turner; readings from Thomas Mann, T.S. Eliot, and Thomas Hardy; and the letters and diary entries of Peter Pears, Shostakovitch, Rostropovitch, and  Britten. Featuring Katherine Wintertstein, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader and harmonica.


With the support of the R.I. State Council on the Arts, the White Family Foundation, the Carter Family Charitable Trust, Geoffrey Gibbs, and the Old Slater Mill Association.

Guided walking Tour: 1670′s Pawtucket – The Jenks Settlement

~ Saturdays, April 18 & April 25, 2015; 11:00 a.m. ~

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Our popular walking tour of 1670′s Pawtucket, The Jenks Settlement follow a one-mile path of downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island, beginning an ending at Old Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

For one hundred years prior to the arrival of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket was a thriving artisan and iron worker community, settled originally by Joseph Jenks, Jr., who left his father’s ironworks in Saugus, MA to establish a forge in Rhode Island.  

The tour will explore the locations of the first iron forge in Pawtucket – established prior to the outbreak of King Philip’s War – as well as the settlements of Jenks’s four sons, and other historic sites and structures.

Suitable for all ages, but most appropriate for ages 15 and up.

Requires some up-hill walking through downtown Pawtucket.   Appropriate footwear recommended.

1670′s Pawtucket walking tour is offered on  Saturdays and Holidays as announced on our calendar, meeting at Slater Mill at 11 a.m.    75 minutes.  Tours are conducted in light rain or shine conditions.

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Paranormal Investigation of Slater Mill


~ Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 27; 7:30 p.m. ~

Join Slater Mill senior interpreter and paranormal expert Carl L. Johnson for our popular Paranormal Investigation Tour of the Slater Mill historic site.

This 90-minute evening program explores the 1793 Slater Mill, the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, and the Waterwheel Pit of the 1810 Wilkinson Machine Shop.  Slater Mill is reputed to be one of the most haunted sites in America, having been the genesis location of American industry, and the site of industrial transitions and unfortunate accidents in its history.

Tickets for Paranormal investigations are $20 per person;  ages 15 and above may participate.  Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE by calling 401-725-8638 x. 109.  Tours are limited to 20 participants.

About Carl L. Johnson:  Carl is a frequent speaker and para-con presenter, and has appearned in paranormal productions on several national television networks.

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This event has passed, but we want to sincerely thank everyone for supporting it!

Stay tuned for announcements about 2016 Knitting Weekend, January 15 – 17, 2016!!


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Saturday, January 17  & Sunday, January 18
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trad Arts Studio @ Slater Mill presents:


FREE, and open to the public!

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