Museum of Work & Culture to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Festivities at Casa Vallarta


The public is invited to join the Museum of Work & Culture on Sunday, May 7, 2 PM, for a celebration of Cinco de Mayo with an afternoon of Mexican food and history at Casa Vallarta. All proceeds will benefit the Mill Project, a new digital exhibit currently under development at the Museum of Work & Culture.

Tickets: $25 and are available for purchase at the MoWC or online

Sponsor: Rhode Island Historical Society

More information: contact the MoWC at (401) 769-9675.


Festivities will include a presentation on the history of Cinco de Mayo by local Civil War reenactor and historian Paul Bourget. Bourget will explore the ramifications of the Mexican victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla, and what it meant for the survival of the Union.

The menu will feature quesadillas, nachos, taquitos, chips & guacamole, and a complimentary margarita or beer.


A Moveable Feast is a series of bi-monthly programs celebrating holidays throughout the year with food, entertainment, and a history lesson at restaurants in Northern Rhode Island. It is presented as part of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Relishing Rhode Island, a yearlong look at the state’s rich and diverse culinary history.

About the Museum of Work & Culture

The interactive and educational Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th- and 20th centuries. It recently received a Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island Award for its SensAbilities Saturdays all-ability program.

About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work & Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.