This project would not have been possible without the kind support and help of the many individuals and organizations listed below:

Mass Humanities:

This project was funded, in part, by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Fall River Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous assistance and encouragement:

Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants & Programs
Melissa Wheaton, Grant Administrator/Administrative Assistant

Special Thanks:

The Fall River Historical Society is deeply indebted to Joyce B. Rodrigues, who expertly served as grant writer and project coordinator for Women at Work. Thanks to her steadfastness, the life experiences of the women profiled in this exhibit are preserved for posterity. Thank you, Joyce! 

Fall River Historical Society:

Historical Research/Development:

Michael Martins, Curator
Dennis A. Binette, Assistant Curator

Research Assistants:

Caroline Aubin
Jay J. Lambert
Constance C. Mendes
Jane Mello
David Roseberry


Jayne Darcy

Women at Work Project Team:

Grant Writer/Project Coordinator:

Joyce B. Rodrigues

Advisory Team:

Paula Costa Cullen
Robert Kitchen
Robert G. Nolan
Albertina R. Pacheco
Philip T. Silvia, Jr., PhD
Keith Thibault

Lead Interviewer:

Joyce B. Rodrigues


John J. Conforti, Jr.
George D. Kelly
Constance C. Mendes
William A. Moniz
Ann Rockett Sperling


Deborah Mello
Nancy Teasdale

Photographic Services/ImageRestoration:

Swan Imaging, Inc., Somerset, Massachusetts
Bill Crombie
Sue Crombie


Stefani Koorey, PhD

Brown University:        

 John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Anne M. Valk, PhD, Deputy Director
Sarah Yahm, PhD, Candidate in American Studies

Interviewees’ Family Members and Caregivers:

Alan P. Abdallah
Pat Abdallah
Dennis Abdow
Sandra Abdow
Steven D. Abdow
Francine A. (Soitos) Aloisa
Paul J. Amaral
Norma Rose Brandt
Joanne M. (Correira) Cadieux
Ruth A. (Soucy) Ferreira
Dorothy “Dolly” Ann (Terceira) Hardy
Arlene B. Harnett
Carol Jostka
Shirley (Abdow) Messie
Claire M. (Petrin) Norfolk
Lori (Almeida) Pereira
Irene V. (Arruda) Rigby
Gary Stasiowski
Doris E. (Rochefort) Bernier Thibault

Residential Facilities:

Catholic Memorial Home:

Thomas Healy, Administrator
Mary Jean Storino, Therapeutic Activities Director

Somerset Ridge Center:

Jeff Goveria, Administrator
Ann Marie Anunciacao, Activities Director


Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River
St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River

City Clerks:

Fall River City Clerk’s Office:

Alison Bouchard, City Clerk
Inês Leite, Assistant City Clerk
Cathy Augiar
Cathy Howard
Mary Rezendes
Gloria Souza

City Clerk’s Office, New Bedford, Massachusetts

City Clerk’s Office, Somerset, Massachusetts

Thanks to:

Sister Elizabeth A. Conyers, F.M.M.
Ben Cooper
Mary Jo Cordeiro
Jean Dias
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
Peter Green
Robert Green
Klear-Vu Corporation

Peter Koury
Patricia (Green) Lovet
Marilyn (Cherry) Martin
Marilyn Marvel
Wilkinson B. Marvel
Milady Murphy
Old Colony History Museum, Taunton, Massachusetts
Albertina Pacheco
Betty Prescott
Kathleen Rockett
Janis (Sopkin) Rothman
Sheila Salvo
Denise Smith
Bernard A. G. Taradash
Temple Beth-El, Fall River
         Judy Morgenstern
Harvey I. Trieff
Judith E. Trieff
Andrea (Brenner) Williams
Wayne Wood
Georgette Yamin


In Massachusetts:

Boston Public Library
Fall River Public Library
Lawrence Public Library
New Bedford Public Library
Somerset Public Library
         Bonnie D. Mendes, Director
Swansea Public Library
Taunton Public Library
Westport Public Library

In New York:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park
Gloversville Public Library

In Rhode Island:

East Providence Public Library
Providence Public Library


The Anchor

Kenneth J. Souza

Fall River Herald News

Deborah Allard
Marc Munroe Dion

The Fall River Spirit

William A. Moniz


Kathleen Castro