Bread and Roses 24th Festival

24th Annual Bread and Roses Festival in the Lawrence North Common. This historic celebration of Labor and the Strike and of 1912 takes place each Labor Day. The event was held from noon until 7:00 p.m.

A new feature for this year was the Lawrence History Live! Tent. The brainchild of Linda and Jurg Siegenthaler, visitors came to listen, to learn, to discuss current thoughts about Lawrence History; to participate in an encounter with history.

Schedule for Lawrence History Live! Tent:
1:00-1:30 Alvin Oickle (See
1:30-2:00 Barre Historical Society, Representative of the IWW (?), Rosalie Sorrels stopping by
2:00-2:30 Angelo and Gregory Rocco
2:30-3:00 Jonas Stundza, about John Ramey
3:00-3:30 Ed Romano; Lorre Fritchey Millies(
3:30- 4:00 Rev. Gabriela Garcia and others, on the recent immigrant experience

The Lawrence History Center~Immigrant City Archives tent hosted by the intrepid volunteers, Marie and Steve Leone and Al Koch, was complete with historic panels of Lawrence History created by the Charter Schools at last summer's History Camp; a venue for books, postcards, posters and to get to know more about our 30 Year History and what we are all about!
Other festival events featured:
Rosalie Sorrel, Welfare Rolls, 2120 So. Michigan Avenue, Grupa Fanatasia and more...!

Kudos to the entire Bread and Roses Festival Committee and especially Jim Beauchesne - this was a wonderful event!
Go to the Bread and Roses website for more details!


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


6 Essex Street
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.