Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Volume 2 Issue 7/ July 2014
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Share Your Photos & Stories about the Blackstone Valley!

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We want to feature your photos and personal stories
in a future issue of Corridor Currents! Have you taken a cool photo in the Blackstone Valley? Or, do you have a story to share related to the Valley? If so, we want to hear from you. 

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The Little Red Shop Museum, Hopedale, MA

The course has been announced!


Have you registered for the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge


Presented by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. showcasing the Blackstone River, Canal and historic towns and villages in the Heritage Corridor, this premier event will take place on Saturday, September 27 (rain date Oct 4). 

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Mark Your Calendars for the 
2014 Greenway Challenge
Greenway Challenge
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The Blackstone Heritage Corridor presents the Unibank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge on Saturday, September 27.


Pedaling Along the Blackstone
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Blackstone River Bike Patrol Members Mark Dennen, 
Joe Nadeau and Bill DeSantis gather with members from 
Craft BMX at the entrance of the Blackstone River Bikeway at Rivers Edge Park in Woonsocket during the Bike & Blues the Blackstone ride on May 31, 2014.

Ride the Blackstone River Bikeway, either along the river or through our historic mill villages, and experience the history and heritage landscape of the Blackstone River Valley. 


Several more miles of bike path are now in the construction phase, in southern Massachusetts (Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge). Additionally, the sections in the northern part of Rhode Island (North Smithfield and Woonsocket) are in design, and we hope to see construction beginning in a year or two.  


Read more about the bikeway project, including a project update.



Thank you for joining the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for Bike & Blues the Blackstone!
"The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is pleased to showcase the bikeway by holding these types of events, which let people - young and old - come and experience the bikeway," says Barbara Dixon, special events coordinator for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor. 
"My husband and I had a fun ride. We had lunch at a quaint spot and then biked up to the Depot for the event, enjoying the scenery along the way. Woonsocket is a great little city. I look forward to the continued development of the bikeway," says Cathy Chatowsky from Lincoln, RI.


Good times!


Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors!


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RI State Representative Stephen Casey (L)  and Congressman David Cicilline
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Michael Cassidy, Interim Administrative Coordinator, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. welcomes the crowd to Bike & Blues the Blackstone.
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The Woonsocket Depot, was the starting line for the Bike & Blues the Blackstone. Over 100 riders participated in the 10-mile ride on the Blackstone River Bikeway.
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Ernie Lozeau of Douglas, MA sits on his custom-built (2004) chopper bike, with suicide shift, which he entered into the Bike & Blues Antique Bike Show.
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We have created a page for the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center on our website for easy access to news and updates about this visitor center.


H. P. Lovecraft Walk: A Writer in Providence 


Famed horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) lived in Providence for most of his life, and he made the city the setting for some of his most popular works. Lovecraft also wrote thousands of letters, many of which have been published, which detail his love of his home city. 


Join Sarah Zurier, a historian with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission as she discusses H.P. Lovecraft's writings about Providence's rapidly changing cityscape and his attempts to make the case for preserving historic places. 


Parking: This program will begin at the Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main St., Providence. Use the Memorial's parking area (entrance is at the corner of Canal Street and Smith Street). Parking is also available along North Main Street. 


View the Walkabouts schedule
(through August 28).


woonsocket walking tour
The power of the Blackstone River may be seen at Thundermist Falls, at Market Square in Woonsocket, RI. This photo is from our Woonsocket walking tour.

On the Blackstone River
Paddling under the Hartford Avenue Bridge in Uxbridge, MA gives paddlers the choice to continue their journey on the historic Blackstone Canal or portage back into the Blackstone River.

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The success of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor has always been due, in large part, to public support and active participation by the people and communities of the Blackstone Valley.
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For more than 25 years, the people of the valley have shared in rediscovering their roots, their heritage and their common identity. They have supported the Corridor by speaking or writing to their elected officials, by showing up at public events, and by participating in numerous projects and programs.

About the Blackstone Heritage Corridor 
Congress established the National Heritage Corridor in 1986 to restore and preserve the nationally significant heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, where the industrialization of America began. It has become a successful program of partnerships between federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nongovernment organizations pooling their resources and pursuing a common agenda of preservation and revitalization. 
Ongoing Corridor programs and projects include historic preservation, river cleanup, land conservation and stewardship, visitor centers, ranger walks, programs with schools, recreational programs and events, support for arts and cultural events, training for partners and volunteers and assistance to towns trying to preserve their heritage while also improving the local and regional economy.