Short pay! All out! The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912

Lawrence History Center to open exhibit on January 12, 2012

The Lawrence History Center will open a bilingual exhibit, “Short pay! All out! The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912,” on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on the sixth floor of the Everett Mill (15 Union St., Lawrence, MA) to commemorate the Centennial of the Bread and Roses Strike.  This event will be free and open to the public.  An online exhibit will also be unveiled.

“Short pay! All out!” will engage visitors in the story of the textile strike through the use of powerful imagery, quotes from the Lawrence History Center oral history archive, objects and documents, video, and a stairwell sound installation that will recreate the sounds of the mills—the crowd noises, machinery, and the incredible multi-cultural energy of the 1912 Strike.   The exhibit will weave together important themes—What happened?, Who makes a community?, What makes a community?, Why strike?, What next?, and  How do we remember?—and visitors will have the opportunity to contribute their own reflections, photographs, artwork, and writing to this space, concluding their visit by connecting with a powerful community of memory and continuing action.

“The opening of “Short pay! All out!” is the first of many events planned in the City of Lawrence in 2012 – a launch party, if you will, for a year’s worth of citywide events commemorating the Centennial of the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912,” said Susan Grabski, Executive Director of the Lawrence History Center.

In 2012, “Short pay! All out!” will also act as a cultural space ideal for hosting lectures, meetings, exhibits, performances, and community gatherings relevant to the themes of the strike of 1912.  The exhibit will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.  Please contact the Lawrence History Center to schedule your public or private event at 978-686-9230.

“Short pay! All out!” is sponsored by the Lawrence History Center and funded in part by Mass Humanities, the Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation, Everett Mills Real Estate, the Rogers Family Foundation, UMass Lowell, Lawrence Cultural Council, and the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee.

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