We are delighted to announce that the centennial exhibit, "The Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children, by Joe Manning" has moved from the McLean Gallery in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library at Phillips Academy in Andover to the O'Leary Library at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (South campus). It will be incorporated into course curriculum and remain on campus through the spring semester.
"The children and families depicted in the child labor photographs of Lewis Hine were unwittingly caught in the act of making history, but we know almost nothing about them. The pictures were taken for a noble purpose, but a century later, they have become an enormous photo album of the American Family. By finding out what happened to some of them, and by revealing the photos to their descendants (most descendants are unaware of them), we are dignifying their lives, and the lives of everyone that history has forgotten."
~ Joe Manning
The exhibit first opened in April 2012 on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill within our bilingual exhibit, "Short pay! All out! The Great Lawrence Strike of 1912." While at the Everett, it drew interest from thousands of visitors with varied interests -- Lewis Hine, the Strike, child labor, genealogy, photography, immigration to name a few.
The exhibit's stay in O'Leary Library at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been made possible by the Lawrence History Center and Professor Robert Forrant (UMass Lowell History Department), in cooperation with George Hart, Director of UML Libraries. Special thanks to Paige Roberts (Archivist, Phillips Academy) and PA movers, Billy and Jose, who took great care in delivering the exhibit to Lowell. Thanks also to Tony Sampas and Shawn Sullivan at the O'Leary Library who eagerly helped to set-up the exhibit in the O'Leary Library Learning Commons.
"The Hine Project: Stories of the Lawrence Children, by Joe Manning" is sponsored by the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee and funded by the Lawrence History Center and the UMass President's Office.