Well-illustrated and with fact-filled text, Slater Mill is a charming look back at a pivotal part of Pawtucket life.
As a working cotton mill, a space for varied types of manufacturing, and eventually as a project of historical preservation, the Slater Mill has played many roles in the history of Pawtucket. Leavitt's work includes such illuminating images as a turn-of-the-century bicycle shop, a crowded mill scene in the early twentieth century, and the transformation of the site into a tourist attraction in the 1920s. This volume also shows how the site was re-configured as a community museum in the 1950s and '60s, as well as how the industrial emphasis of the curators eventually resulted in the addition of a working water wheel to the site. Well-illustrated, with fact-filled text, Slater Mill is a charming look back at a pivotal part of Pawtucket life that will interest young and old alike.
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Slater Mill is a photographic history of the mill building and industrial life of this intriguing early community. Sarah Abigail Leavitt, historian and author, as well as assistant curator for several exhibits at the mill site, provides an intimate look at the beginning, development, and preservation of the site, as well as the local people involved with its history.