May 2022 Events at Fall River Heritage State Park

FALL RIVER — From talks and gallery exhibits to hands-on workshops and a swing dance, Heritage State Park has something for every member of the family this spring.

Here are the featured programs for the month of May:

South Coast Spring Arts Week: Exhibits and Programs

Ongoing exhibitions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from May 1 to May 15

visitor center

Fall River Heritage State Park features a multimedia celebration of Pocasset Wampanoag’s early history with a 17th century diorama of a Wampanoag village as well as David Jennings’ iconic Quequechan Waterfall.

Also on display:

Photograph of contemporary local Native American life linking the past to the present in the community gallery.

Interpretive oil portraits of Sachems Weetamo and Metacomet by artist Sheila Oliveira will be unveiled along with a talk by Ms. Oliveira on the challenges of historical portrait painting.

Pocasset Exhibition

May 1 to May 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brought to you by the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of MA and RI.

Native American Diorama and Plymoth Diorama

May 1 to May 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Presented by David Jennings of Southcoast Historical Associates.

“Dying to wear it”

Saturday May 7, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

“Dyeing to Wear It”™ is an interactive workshop with textile artist Rhonda Fazio where participants will create a beautiful and versatile work of wearable art. Classes are steeped in tales from the artist, filled with the textile history of the region and around the world, and how that history intersects with our shared American culture. It’s a fun and interesting social event open to everyone.

For more information, visit:, call 508-669-6835 or contact [email protected] Seating is limited, please pre-register at

gallery talk

“Depicting an unphotographed historical person”

Visitor Center Community Gallery

Join artist Sheila Oliveira for a discussion on the creative process she used to capture the portraits of Wampanoag Sachems Weetamo and Metacomet.

Sunday, May 15, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Native American Artifacts with Local Historian Dave Jennings

Visitor Center Community Gallery

Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Washing Away the Winter Blues Creative Arts Network Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

View of the visitor center

Join the Creative Arts Network (CAN) to celebrate the success of the past eight years and learn about plans to continue building a strong regional arts and culture community. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is coordinated by students from Bristol Community College. For more information, please email [email protected]

Battleship Boogie! Battleship Cove Swing Dance

Saturday May 14, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Visitor Center Lobby

Tickets available online at There is a ticket fee of $40 per person.

Step back in time to the 1940s when the swing was king. Dance to the melodious Compaq Big Band to celebrate Battleship Massachusetts’ 80th anniversary. For more information, contact or call 508-678-1100.

Planting a David Almond Memorial Tree

Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m.

Picnic area

Fall River Heritage State Park will add a new lime tree to our grove in honor of young David Almond, a Fall River resident lost to domestic neglect. Sponsored by the Office of State Representative Carole Fiola. This is a public, free event.


Daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 1 to May 31

visitor center

To show creativity! Stop by the Visitor Center, pick up one of our unique Moments in Fall River History coloring sheets. Learn more about textiles and calico and help us complete our wall of calico stamps or even weave a row on our community loom. If you fill in an entire row, you can also add your name tag! This is a walk-in program. Stay for the duration or drop by for a few moments.

Current programs:

Water + Granite + Gravity = Fall River

Fall River was once the third largest city in Massachusetts with thriving factories and bustling piers on its waterfront. water they produced, there would be no Fall River. The park showcases this heritage with seven distinct granite guides around the park that commemorate the industry that has been here. This is a 30 minute walk through the history of the waterfront connecting guides and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours begin at reception. Saturday at 11 a.m.

People, ambition and hard work

A Luso-American poet, a beloved local entrepreneur, a decorated military hero, and a visionary state legislator all have their names inscribed in the Fall River Heritage Park. Who were these people and how did they inspire others with their vision, ambition and hard work? This is a short walking tour of monuments named in honor of these pioneers and can be self-guided or led by a park interpreter. Tours begin at the Visitor Center reception. Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Visitor Center exhibits

Every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faces of Fall River

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/sociologist/photographer Lewis Hine of the immigrant women, men and children who worked in the factories that made Fall River America’s first textile town. It was the photographs that inspired change in American labor laws and helped end child labor.

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Explore our comprehensive permanent exhibit that celebrates Fall River’s cultural, ethnic and industrial history. Discover the waterfalls that shaped the city, enabled its industries and even gave it its name. Share the stories of the many ethnic groups from around the world who call this city home.

All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise 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. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit For more information, call 508-675-5759 or visit:

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