October 23, 2019

RI, Mass. map Blackstone River heritage park

PROVIDENCE — Officials from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are figuring out the boundaries of a park along the Blackstone River.

The Providence Journal reports, http://bit.ly/1gE23RO, that officials met Monday in Pawtucket near Old Slater Mill, which is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America and will be a key piece of the Blackstone River National Historical Park.

President Barack Obama recently signed legislation establishing Rhode Island’s first national historical park.

It will include the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and three other sites in Rhode Island and three in Massachusetts. It’s in the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor from Worcester to Providence.

It’s part of an effort to better protect the cultural sites along the river.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com


RI, Mass. map Blackstone River heritage park

Congress mulls Blackstone Valley historical park plan

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By News Staff


The Associated Press

A plan to establish a national historical park in the Blackstone Valley is going before Congress.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has been pushing the plan for a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park for years. The Rhode Island Democrat’s office said Wednesday the plan was due for votes in the House and Senate by next week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The plan would put a new national historical park along the river, which includes several old mill towns and buildings including the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, the first successful cotton-spinning factory in the United States.

The area is already home to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, which links 24 communities along the Blackstone River from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence.

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Congress mulls Blackstone Valley historical park plan

Paula Staples Burrell

Paula Staples Burrell

August 7, 2014

Paula Staples Burrell

BLACKSTONE, MA – Paula Staples Burrell, 67, formerly of Blackstone, MA, died on July 24, 2014 at her home in East Lempster, NH. She was the daughter of the late George and Pauline Staples of Blackstone.
Paula is survived by her five children: her two sons Kenneth and Keith Cranshaw, and her three daughters Patricia Prudhomme, Pauline and Penny Cranshaw; as well as, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Paula was the sister of seven brothers: Timothy, James, Daniel, Michael, John, Kenneth and David Staples and three sisters: Frances Dorr, Kimberly Buda and Virginia Baker.
A private family gathering was recently held at Paula’s childhood home in Blackstone.
To sign guest book visit www.cartiersfuneralhome.com

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Paula Staples Burrell