Upcoming Events and Exhibits within "Short pay! All out!" at the Everett Mill!

We have welcomed nearly 2,000 people to our bilingual exhibit, "Short pay! All out!" since we opened on January 12, 2012 - 100 years after the Great Lawrence Strike of 1912 began! We hope to welcome thousands more between now and the end of September when we will open our exhibit doors forthe Essex National Heritage Area's 11th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 21-23 & September 28-30, 2012!

For a glimpse at upcoming events & ongoing exhibits at the Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, 6th Floor, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840 CLICK HERE.

April 12, 2012 - June 30, 2012 (possibly through August)
The Lewis Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children, by Joe Manning

Joe Manning has pieced together the lifetimes of ten children -- subjects of 1911 Lewis Hine photographs taken in Lawrence, Massachusetts -- through detailed interviews with their extended families. He acquired many photographs and personal stories that bring Hine’s 1911 subjects to life.

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"The Lewis Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children" is sponsored by the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee and funded in part by the Lawrence History Center and the UMass President's Office.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - Sunday, May 6, 2012
(Opening reception on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.)
maine_mural_sidebar.png "The History of Maine Labor Mural," by Judy Taylor

"The History of Maine Labor Mural" brings to Lawrence a set of images that now stands at the forefront of the discussion of 20th and 21st century public art and visual culture. In March 2011, the mural was removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor at the order of Governor Paul LePage. The artist and the curator Nancy Nesvet produced life-size reproductions of the eleven panels of the mural for this traveling exhibit. The themes depicted in the mural and the exhibit texts are closely related to the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence as well as later labor struggles.

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"The History of Maine Labor Mural" is sponsored by the Rosman Family Fund/ECCF; the Art, Labor, Education Institute; the
Lawrence History Center; and the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee.

Friday, April 27, 2012 and Saturday, April 28, 2012


Bread and Roses Academic Symposium

Friday, April 27, 2012
Please join us for a FREE CONCERT featuring Si Kahn, Charlie King, Karen Brandow, and some other surprises! The concert will take place in the Lawrence History Center’s bilingual exhibit, “Short pay! All out!” on the 6th Floor of the Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, Lawrence. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Please PRE-REGISTER for a full day of panel presentations, music, artwork, and walking tours that explore the issues of the strike! The panel sessions will take place at the Everett Mill, the Essex Art Center, and the Lawrence Heritage State Park (Note: All venues are within easy walking distance from each other). Presentations have been grouped categorically by content and subject, for example:

  • Teachable Moments: The Strike and Immigration in the Classroom
  • Historical Memory: Where Did the Strike Story Go?
  • Strike Organization
  • Music and Culture and Labor History
  • The Children’s Crusade: And a Child Shall Lead Them
  • Whose Side Were the Churches On?
  • And more!!

Our Keynote Luncheon Speaker is Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO President!
Click for more information and to REGISTER for Saturday's program...

"The Bread and Roses Academic Symposium" is sponsored the Lawrence History Center and the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee and funded in part the UMass President's Office.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
061865479811.gif City-Wide Book Read-Aloud

Through the Lawrence Public Library, age-appropriate histories of the strike will be simultaneously read and discussed across the city. "Bread and Roses, Too!" by Katherine Paterson is the book that will be used. Please join us for a read-aloud with the author, Katherine Paterson, from 2-7pm on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Saturday, June 30, 2012
(Vintage Fashion Show on May 13, 2012; The Immigrants Speak on June 2, 2012)
Follow The Thread: America's Jewish Immigrants and the Birth of the Garment Industry, by Jacqueline Cooper

"Follow the Thread" is a multimedia exhibit with related events, all of which tell the story about 19th and 20th century events unfolding simultaneously on two continents, and the significance of their relationship to one another. Underlying the exhibit is its key concept and universal theme, adapting to a changing world, portrayed by America’s Jewish immigrants with the garment industry as vehicle. Clearly revealed are the inherent qualities and spirit of the Jewish people, and how the populace at large benefited from Jewish immigration and industry.

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Follow the Thread Vintage Fashion Show, By Jacqueline Cooper

The Fashion Show is a participatory event. The models are multi-generational members from each community where the venue is being hosted. The vintage garments are representative of the timeline portrayed in the exhibit. A DVD with images from the exhibit and music following the timeline introduces the fashion show. Click for more information...

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
The Immigrants Speak is a Living History Performance which features participants playing the roles of characters who emerge from the images of the exhibit's timeline, wearing garments of their time, carrying a few of their belongings, and engaging the audience in the timeline, the place, and what that character is experiencing.

"Follow the Thread" in Lawrence is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, hosted by the Lawrence History Center, and supported in part by a grant from Mass Humanities.


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

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Lawrence, MA 01840

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.