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.


Aurea presents

Aurea xmas

by Dylan Thomas

Sunday, December 13th, 3:00pm
Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket RI

An annual Aurea holiday tradition, a delightful reading of this classic holiday story with festive chamber music & poetry, harpsichord, harmonica improvisations & old English carols.

The program opens with works to celebrate the winter solstice and holiday season, including music of Britten, Boyce, Handel, Oberon’s setting of The Oxen, Rebecca Clarke’s Combined Carols, poetry of Andrew Marvel, Mary Oliver, Katherine Mansfield, Longfellow and more.

The presentation features acclaimed actor Malcolm Ingram, his many stage credits include the National Theatre, Globe Theatre, Broadway, Shakespeare & Company as well as numerous regional theaters, film and television. Also reading this classic tale is our own Chris Turner, actor and harmonica virtuoso sharing his unique improvisations of carols. Joining them is returning guest artist, Frederick Jodry, masterful harpsichordist and voice; a scholar of early music, Jodry is choral director at Brown University, director of Schola Cantorum of Boston and music director and organist at First Unitarian Church of Providence.

The Aurea String Quartet
Violins: Robyn Bollinger & Megumi Stohs Lewis
Viola: Frank Shaw (12/11 & 12/12) & Laura Gulley (12/13)
Cello: Emmanuel Feldman


Tickets:  General $30  Seniors $25  Students $8
Available at the door or


A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is performed by arrangement
with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Il.

Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Slater Mill


Now in its 35th season !

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

Upcoming shows:

December 5     Grace Morrison with Caroline Cotter opening
January 9         Vance Gilbert with Joanne Lurgio opening
March 5           Boxcar Lillies with Davey O opening
April 2             Robinson and Rohe; Ian Fitzgerald
April 16           Bill Staines with Molly Pinto Madigan opening
April 30           Mary Ann Rossoni with Rick Demers opening
May 14             Tret Fure and RISA Songrwriter Finalists

Please visit the Stone Soup Website for ticket information.

Stone Soup Coffeehouse is a listening room.  
The performance hall is handicapped-accessible.

Guided walking Tour

~ 1670’s Pawtucket: The Jenks Settlement ~

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, November 7 & 14; 11:00 a.m.

Nathaniel Jenks House, East End - COMPRESSED

Join NPS Ranger Andy Schnetzer for our popular walking tour of 1670’s Pawtucket, The Jenks Settlement follows a one-mile path through downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island, beginning an ending at Old Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

For a century prior to the arrival of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket was a thriving artisan community of ironworkers and ship builders, settled originally by Joseph Jenks, Jr. who left his father’s ironworks in Saugus, MA to establish a forge in Rhode Island. The tour explores the sites of the first forge, the homesteads of the Jenks family members, and other related structures. 

FREE admission; suitable for all ages, but most appropriate for ages 15 and up. Requires some up-hill walking through downtown Pawtucket. Comfortable footwear recommended. 75 minutes. Light rain or shine.

Offered in partnership with the National Park Service, and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. 

Trad Arts Studio

FALL CLASSES – enrollment now open!


Chair Caning, with Steve Emma
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Session #1:  September 16 – October 21
Session #2:  October 28 – December 9


Weaving Studio, with Suzi Ballenger
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
10-week session:  September 23 – December 2

Weaving Class 11.11.2014 Suzi pix

or call 401-725-8638 x.106

Trad Arts Studio is supported by the Phyllis Kimball Johnstone Foundation,
with additional sponsorship from:
TAS Sponsors 2014-15

Exhibit & Reception

at our neighboring Blackstone Valley Tourism Council gallery

Exhibit runs October 25 to November 28

Reception is Thursday, November 5; 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.




~ Ocean State Poets ~

present the first annual

“They Worked, We Write”

Poets convening, at Slater Mill

Saturday, November 14, 2015; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Ocean State Poets invite poets, musicians, and playwrites to participate in this convening and reading of works inspired by Old Slater Mill.

Participants will receive a voucher for discounted admission to the mill in advance of the workshop.

For more information visit

~ Mills & Mysteries ~

Paranormal Investigations
and Hallowe’en Seance

Autumn 2015 PARANORM rack card -

Join Slater Mill senior interpreter and nationally-known paranormal expert Carl L. Johnson for our popular, 90-minute Paranormal Investigation Tour of the Slater Mill historic site.

This program explores the 1793 Slater Mill, the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, and the Waterwheel Pit of the 1810 Wilkinson Machine Shop, on a site reputed to be one of the most haunted in America – the birthplace of industry, and an era of American transformation.


Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE by calling 401-725-8638  x. 100


Saturday, August 29  & Sunday, August 30
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Slater’s Art & Manufacture Festival
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
    Doug Woolverton / DW Funk All Stars
   The James Montgomery Band
           feat. Cliff Goodwin from the Joe Cocker Band

     (It’s a) Complex World, a film by Jim Wolpaw

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
     Jay Brunelle
     R.I. Music Hall of Famers Marty Richards & Marty Ballou, with:
           Bobby Keyes (Robin Thicke, Little Wayne)
           “Sax” Gordon Beadle

Art-making, food trucks, and festivities in Hodgson Park, aside the mighty Blackstone River at historic Slater Mill!

FREE, and open to the public!

Click here for SAMFEST2015 Vendor Application

Presented with the pARTnership and support of:
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Sam’s Birthday CLASSIC CAR SHOW & Food Truck Fest

Tuesday, June 16, 2015; 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

** Rescheduled from June 9 due to rain **

Hodgson Park, on the Slater Mill Campus

Show your classic car  to benefit a classic historic landmark, and be among an exclusive group of exhibitors for our one-night-only Sam’s Birthday Classic Car Cruise and Food Truck Fest 2015. We’re celebrating the start of summer, and the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket’s textile innovator.  Spaces are limited. Register in advance recommended, or day-of starting at 3:30 p.m.

“Slater’s Best in Show” Trophy & $100 Cardi’s Gift Certificate
“People’s Choice” Trophy & Slater Mill gift pack

Limited-edition commemorative Dash Plaque and Slater Mill museum passes  for all car owners.

50/50 Raffle and Food Trucks!  Music by:  DJ CAR-GUY

Free & open to public spectators

Vehicle registration:
Sam’s Birthday CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2015 – Vehicle Registration Form

Sponsored by:

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And Thank You to our generous sponsors …


Slater Mill’s Annual Fundraiser, to support our
Educational Scholarship Program

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All sponsors as of 4.29.2015