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Strike! Strike! Strike! It was a warm summer day in July of 1904, and tensions were running high in Fall River, Massachusetts. Earlier in the month, the Fall River Cotton Manufacturers’ Association had announced a 12.5% wage cut in all of the…

Broad Street today is full of ethnic restaurants, but in the late 1970s Latinos anxious for a taste of home had very limited choices; Doña Fefa sold a few prepared foods in her store, but otherwise families had to cook their own. Roberto and José…

Subjects: Businesses, Food

Since 1922, the International Institute of Rhode Island has helped immigrants coming to Rhode Island. Equally important, the Institute helped them find ways to preserve their culture while adapting to American life. Recently merged with Dorcas Place,…

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It all started in the early 1960s when Jay Giuttari, son of a Central Falls mill owner, was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he became friendly with the son of a Colombian mill owner. After graduation, Jay worked in…

Subjects: Businesses, Mills

If we had to find one person who represents Dominicans in Rhode Island, it would have to be Josefina Rosario. “Doña Fefa” is loved, respected and celebrated as the "Mother of the Dominican Community." Dominicans are now the largest group of…

Subjects: Businesses, Food

Is it a stretch to see Benefit Street as a sweatshop for girls of the cultural elite? Probably; but it is interesting to note that in the years that Mary Balch’s School was teaching its young pupils the art of needlepoint, a young girl named Betsy…

Subjects: Art, Schools

If we had to choose one person who had the most impact on the look and feel of Benefit Street and its environs, it would have to be John Holden Greene, architect of the First Unitarian Church (1816) and another 49 other public, commercial, religious…

The Athenaeum has been called “the quirky pillar of Providence.” A beloved institution in the city, the building, built in 1838, resembles a funky mausoleum from the outside. Yes, one of its original members was Stephen Hopkins, a signatory to…

The Providence Art Club is the oldest art club in the United States after the Salmagundi Club of New York. In 1880, a group of 16 men and women – all professional artists, amateurs and art collectors – founded the club. In 1887 the club moved to…

Subjects: Art

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