Slater’s Mill

By July 8, 2019Inside Rhody, RetroBlast

Recognized internationally as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the museum celebrates innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit by engaging audiences in relevant cultural, historic, and artistic endeavors. 

In 1921, a group of visionary business leaders with ties to the textile industry convened to form the Old Slater Mill Association (OSMA), to prevent the mill’s demolition and to preserve the physical presence of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

In the 1950s, OSMA opened a museum of industrial history at Slater Mill, and by the 1970s, the U.S. Department of the Interior recognized the campus, including its three historic structures and mill race, as a National Historic Landmark District.

Nearly 100 years later, OSMA continues to fulfill and further this mission, and serves as an educational anchor and community champion in the Blackstone River Valley and statewide.

Slater’s Mill is currently visited by 10,000 school children each year, and 25,000 additional adult and family visitors who come for tours, events, festivals, to make research inquiries, and to experience a physical connection with American History. View upcoming events by clicking here:

Photos: Visit Rhode Island.


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