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Month full of activities, David Almond dedication, part of October schedule at Fall River’s Heritage State Park

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All programs are free and open to the public, unless specifically stated. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. For more information call (508) 675-5759 x 0. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID.

Weekly, Fridays Through Tuesdays October 1-21
CREATION STATION ACTIVITIES
9:00 am—3:30 pm, Visitor Center, drop-in, ongoing
Get creative! Stop by the Visitor Center, grab one of our unique coloring sheets of moments in Fall River History. Learn about textiles and calico and help us complete our calico stamp wall or even weave a row on our community loom. For all ages.

Daily October 1-22
STORYWALK®: “Sing!”
Dawn to dusk on the Boardwalk
Say good-bye to summer with an inspirational StoryWalk® on the Boardwalk. We invite you and your family to read “Sing”, written by Joe Raposo and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Sing along as you read. Sing out loud. Sing out strong. StoryWalk® is a unique adventure in reading and walking…. and singing! Great for the whole family.

Friday, October 21
DEDICATION: DAVID ALMOND MEMORIAL GROVE
11:00 am in the Picnic Grove
We will be dedicating the Fall River Heritage State Park picnic grove in honor of young David Almond, a Fall River resident lost to domestic neglect. Sponsored by the Office of State Representative Carole Fiola and Senator Michael Rodrigues. This is a public event, free of charge. For adults.

ON-GOING EXHIBITS

Daily October 1-28
FACES OF FALL RIVER
8:30 am—3:30 pm, Visitor Center Gallery Meet the people of Fall River’s past through a gallery of classic black-and-white photographs from the textile era. Featured are photos by labor activist and photographer Lewis Hine. Photos include the immigrant women, men, and children who worked the mills that made Fall River the premiere textile city in America. These photographs inspired change in American labor laws and helped abolish child labor.

Daily October 1-28
TRACING THE THREADS
8:30 am—3:30 pm, Visitor Center
Explore our permanent exhibit celebrating the cultural, ethnic and industrial history of Fall River. Learn about the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries, and even gave Fall River its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who call this city home.

GUEST EXHIBIT
Daily thru October 15
EXHIBIT: NOT SO FAMOUS WORKS BY SHEILA OLIVEIRA
8:00 am—4:00 pm Visitor Center Lobby
We are delighted to present the magic of Fall River native Sheila Oliveira and her original paintings. Sheila engaged thousands of visitors with her unique, inspired images of icons of local history: Weetamo, King Phillip, Sarah Anna Lewis, Elizabeth Buffam Chace, Emeril Lagasse, Marquis deLafayette, Henry Martyn Robert, and composer Joe Raposo. Thanks to the Fall River Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for support of this exhibit.

FILMS

Saturdays October 1, 8, 15 and 22
FILM: TRIBUTE TO CAPTAIN THOMAS J. HUDNER & ENSIGN JESSE BROWN
11:00 am & 1:00 pm, Visitor Center Theater
Discover the true story behind the theatrical film “Devotion” and the amazing lives of Captain Hudner and Ensign Brown. We are honored to offer two short films that tell their story in Hudner’s own words. Join us in our air-conditioned theater. For ages 12+ years. Total running time of the two films: 25 minutes.

Ongoing Thursdays through Sundays October 1-23
FILM: THE FABRIC OF FALL RIVER
11:30 am & 1:30 pm, Visitor Center Theater
Discover Fall River’s rich past through this classic documentary that showcases the history of Fall River from the First People through the cotton mill era, to the needle trades of the 1980s. Run-time: 34 minutes.

SELF-GUIDED OPPORTUNITIES

Daily October 1-27
WATER + GRANITE + GRAVITY= FALL RIVER
8:30 am—3:30 pm, Visitor Center
Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts, with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. Without the water of the Taunton and Quequechan Rivers, the granite cliffs, and the power of gravity and the waterfalls that they produced, there would be no Fall River. The park highlights this legacy with seven granite way finders that commemorate the industry through time. This is a 30-minute self-guided walk-through waterfront history connecting the way finders. Information is available at the Front Desk.

Daily October 1-27
PEOPLE, AMBITION AND HARD WORK
8:30 am—3:30 pm, Visitor Center
A Portuguese-American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names enshrined in Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others through their vision, ambition, and hard work? This a short self-guided walking tour is available at the Front Desk.

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