NEW BOOK! I'm Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People 
Author: Anne Broyles Illustrated by: Victoria Tentler-Krylov Hardcover

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Book Description: Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was born in New York City, the son of poor Italian immigrants. His father was an ice-delivery man, and his mother, who worked in a dress factory, spoke passionately about workers’ rights and labor unions. Ralph frequently skipped school, teaching himself to read from newspapers. At age 10, owing to truancy and troublemaking, Ralph was sent to a Catholic reform school, where he remained sporadically for four years. Thereafter, he worked at various jobs and became deeply involved in the union movement. At age 31, his hands began hurting—possibly from arthritis—and a friend suggested he try drawing to alleviate the pain. Ralph taught himself to draw and paint, visiting museums to study the work of master artists. He painted laborers, street scenes, and American historic events, using vivid, jewel-like colors and filling large canvases with small, rich details, encouraging viewers to savor them and catch every nuance. Eventually, Ralph’s paintings were exhibited in major U.S. museums. This well-written, sympathetic account rightfully shines a light on a major artist who merits wider recognition. The illustrations employ striking, vibrant colors and attention to minute details, masterfully emulating Fasanella’s own style. Readers will enjoy poring over them, in addition to the several included reproductions of Fasanella’s paintings. A very fine introduction to the life and work of a significant American craftsman. 
Publisher: Holiday House Publication date: Oct. 24, 2023 Pages: 48 Reading age: 4 - 8 Product dimensions: 10.35 x 0.35 x 10.28 inches

NEW BOOK! Covid Conversations: Voices from Lawrence & Lowell, Massachusetts 
VIEW RECORDING OF BOOK EVENT held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at El Taller 275 Essex Street, Lawrence 
Editors: Susan Grabski, Amita Kiley, Susan Tripathy Lawrence-Based Narrators: Bianca Anonas, Sara Morin Barth, Tom Coppinger, Cristie Galíndez, Vilma Martínez-Dominguez, Carina Pappalardo, Dr. Marianela Rivera Cover and Interior Layout Design: Ashley Rosario Paperback

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Book Description: Oral history interviews with people in Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts (the Merrimack River Valley), who experienced the sickness and pandemic living restrictions of Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021, plus diary excerpts from residents who reported on their daily fears, hopes, and challenges. 
Produced by the Lawrence History Center and University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML), with contributions from Phillips Academy Andover, this is the first published documentary about the impact of the pandemic in the Merrimack Valley. Interviews were conducted by sociology students from UML and Spanish language students from Phillips Academy Andover (guided by educator Mark Cutler). The two working-class, highly diverse cities in eastern Massachusetts had sustained high rates of infection with the related disruption of employment, education, and normal community life. The interviews offer a useful case study of the effects of Covid-19 in one region. 
Publisher: Loom Press Publication date: 01/02/2023 Edition description: First Edition Pages: 224 Product dimensions: 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches


Where Are the Workers?: Labor's Stories at Museums and Historic Sites 
VIEW RECORDING OF BOOK EVENT held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at LHC 
Editors/Authors: Robert Forrant (Editor), Mary Anne Trasciatti (Editor), Jim Beauchesne (Contribution by), Kathleen S. Flynn (Contribution by), Susan Grabski (Contribution by) Paperback

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Book Description: The labor movement in the United States is a bulwark of democracy and a driving force for social and economic equality. Yet its stories remain largely unknown to Americans. Robert Forrant and Mary Anne Trasciatti edit a collection of essays focused on nationwide efforts to propel the history of labor and working people into mainstream narratives of US history. In Part One, the contributors concentrate on ways to collect and interpret worker-oriented history for public consumption. Part Two moves from National Park sites to murals to examine the writing and visual representation of labor history. Together, the essayists explore how place-based labor history initiatives promote understanding of past struggles, create awareness of present challenges, and support efforts to build power, expand democracy, and achieve justice for working people. A wide-ranging blueprint for change, Where Are the Workers? shows how working-class perspectives can expand our historical memory and inform and inspire contemporary activism. Publisher: University of Illinois Press Publication date: 06/28/2022 Series: Working Class in American History Edition description: First Edition Pages: 248 Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

NEW BOOK! THREE WHISTLES: An Italian family’s love story with America Author: Gloria Grillo Barsamian Paperback

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Book Description: This is a story of a City and its people. In 1912, Lawrence, Massachusetts was referred to as a Mill Town, run by the whistles and bells of mills and churches. Pasquale Foenia lived there with his parents, and people from over fifty nations, lured there by Yankee aristocracy promising them food, shelter and work. Instead, they found dangerous working conditions and 60 hours of tedious work for $6.00 a week. On a cold day in January, one of the greatest mass protests in American history took place, the Bread and Roses Strike. Wages were cut and thousands of workers walked out. Strikers, mostly women and children, were met with militia and fire hoses. The killer 1918 Spanish Flu has many parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. What is unique about THREE WHISTLES is that the author challenges the myths perpetrated by movies and social media about the ultimate search for the American dream. She draws from a War hero captured by the Germans in World War II and a number of little known diaries. It is an historical look at how immigrant families persevered, their hopes, prejudices and love during the early twentieth century. This is a saga about family life; struggling to be Americans while holding onto their roots.

NEW BOOK! Cracked Reflections Author: Joanna Michal Hoyt Paperback

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Book Description: The literary historical novel Cracked Reflections is set in an imaginary Massachusetts mill town during the real textile strikes of 1912, known as the Bread and Roses labor movement. This tale is particularly relevant in a time of conflicting news stories, high political passions, and concern about immigration—but such times have recurred over and over in our history. Skillfully blending everyday struggles with the imaginary, Ms Hoyt tells the story of life in a small New England industrial town, from the point of view of twelve year old Kassandra. Her German immigrant family is one of hundreds with at least one family member who works in the mills, spinning yarn and weaving wool and cotton cloth for the fashionable American public. Few outsiders know how dangerous these workplaces are, how the life expectancy of millworkers plummets, partially due to many beginning work as mere children. Only when their pay is reduced and several have been severely injured, do the workers decide they have had enough. The clashes between law enforcement, under the control of politicians and business men, and the largely female immigrant workers turn violent, attracting the attention of the public. Answers are demanded and a Congressional inquiry is formed. Kass has friends on both sides of the issues. She works in a diner after school where many of the townfolk take their meals, getting to know several individuals well who are not like herself. She makes new friends with Italian and Polish children, once her schoolmates, who had to quit to work in the mills to support their families. Many have lost one or more parents to injury or mill sickness. Two newspaper reporters on opposite sides of the problems keep her emotions spinning, her head swirling and often confused. She likes and trusts Sergeant McCleary, but soon he is forced to act, and Kass, caught up in the middle, is seriously injured. And Kass is afraid that the beast-man, with his voice of evil who whispers doubts and taunts in her head, is pulling the strings that encourage the bitterness, fear, and anger in all of them to explode. But small acts of kindness and understanding demonstrate that evil cannot when so long as love is in your heart: love for friends, family, and even those unlike oneself. Geared toward teen/YA readers, Cracked Reflections has something of the nuanced historical rendering of Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, something of the quiet exploration of mysticism and mental health of Elizabeth Goudge’s The Scent of Water, and in the way of E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, skillfully weaves history with the imaginary, transporting readers to a time when the line between the laboring and privileged classes was stark and wide. 6" x 9", 232 pages. Printed on archival quality paper.


Our Immigrants' Son Author(s): John Francis Patrick Murphy Paperback

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Book Description: Focused on faith and woven with Christian, ecumenical, and patriotic themes, Our Immigrants’ Son is an exploration and celebration of family. The genres of prose poetry and historical fiction very cleverly takes you through the author’s rich Irish American history. It begins in misty Ireland and takes you through generations of the Murphy clan while also teaching you how to write your family story. The storyteller is US Navy Captain, John Francis Patrick Murphy, Retired, a direct descendant of those past Murphys whose lives he, with his family and a team of researchers and historians, documented in both the factual sense as well as adding artistic license to make this history a rich and emotional journey. Our Immigrant’s Son opens in 1845 with ancestor Michael Joseph Murphy’s parents, Patrick and Mary, undertaking a dangerous ocean voyage across the Atlantic to a new land. It then follows and documents Michael’s journey from birth, to Civil War private at age sixteen, to Lawrence police chief and beyond. This riveting story is the tale of all immigrant families, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, heritage, or culture. It reveals the undeniable truth that immigrants are our past, present, and future. It affirms that those who come to our shores to join us and aspire to our best ideals are courageous, noble, and visionary. Part two of this book follows the author’s carefully outlined research, step-by-step writing strategies, and his use of history as a touchstone. Our Immigrants’ Son invites you to join Captain Murphy on a journey to write your own family story and share it with those you love.


Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000 Author(s): Llana Barber ISBN 978-1469631349 Paperback

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Book Description: Latino City explores the transformation of Lawrence, Massachusetts, into New England's first Latino-majority city. Like many industrial cities, Lawrence entered a downward economic spiral in the decades after World War II due to deindustrialization and suburbanization. The arrival of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the late twentieth century brought new life to the struggling city, but settling in Lawrence was fraught with challenges. Facing hostility from their neighbors, exclusion from local governance, inadequate city services, and limited job prospects, Latinos fought and organized for the right to make a home in the city. In this book, Llana Barber interweaves the histories of urban crisis in U.S. cities and imperial migration from Latin America. Pushed to migrate by political and economic circumstances shaped by the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, poor and working-class Latinos then had to reckon with the segregation, joblessness, disinvestment, and profound stigma that plagued U.S. cities during the crisis era, particularly in the Rust Belt. For many Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, there was no "American Dream" awaiting them in Lawrence; instead, Latinos struggled to build lives for themselves in the ruins of industrial America. Llana Barber is assistant professor of American studies at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.


The History of the Essex Company Author(s): Mike Hearn ISBN 978-1-4951-2764-9 Paperback

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Book Description: Made possible with funding from Enel Green Power North America—the present day successors of the Essex Company—The History of the Essex Company is the story of dreams: dreams of a new, profitable city; dreams of a new life in America; dreams of a planned urban community that provides work, housing, and a quality of living not found in 19th century industrial Europe. The Essex Company was formed by the Boston Associates in 1845 to build a “New City on the Merrimack”. This is the story of how they did it. The story is as much visual as it is written, just as the history of the company has been preserved through drawings and photographs as through writings and records. The company literally built a new city where one did not exist - rising up from farmlands at a point in the Merrimack Valley that afforded them the best chance to control the river. From their efforts the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts would emerge. The company, and the men that led it, would together experience the successes and challenges of the growth of their industrial enterprise. Mike Hearn is the Director of Libraries at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts.

new_scholarship The Great Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike Temporarily Out of Stock Editor(s): Robert Forrant and Jurg Siegenthaler ISBN 978-1-4951-2764-9 Paperback $25.00
Book Description: In Lawrence, Massachusetts, fully one-half of the population 14 years of age or over is employed in the woolen and worsted mills and cotton mills. Thus begins the federal government's Report on Strike of Textile Workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. This book follows up, one hundred years later. The story's retelling offers readers an exciting reexamination of just how powerful a united working class can be. The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912—the Bread and Roses Strike—was a public protest by 20,000 to 25,000 immigrant workers from several countries, prompted by a wage cut. Backed by skillful neighborhood organizing, supported by hundreds of acts of solidarity, and unified by a commitment to respect every striker's nationality and language, the walkout spread across the city's densely packed tenements. Defying the assumptions of mill owners and conservative trade unionists alike that largely female and ethnically diverse workers could not be organized, the women activists, as one mill boss described them, were full of “lots of cunning and also lots of bad temper. They're everywhere, and it's getting worse all the time.” Events in Lawrence between January 11 and March 25, 1912, changed labor history. In this volume the authors tackle the strike story through new lenses and dispel assumptions that the citywide walkout was a spontaneous one led by outside agitators. They also discuss the importance of grasping the significance of events like the 1912 strike and engaging in the process of community remembrance.Intended Audience: This book appeals to a wide constituency. Most directly, it is of great relevance to historians of labor, industrialization, immigration, and the development of cities, as well as researchers studying social movements. The story of the Bread and Roses Strike resonates strongly with social justice supporters, the women's movement, advocates for children's well-being, and anti-poverty organizations. Social studies and college-level teachers will find it a rich resource. Graduate-level students will find inspiration for further research. The Bread and Roses strike has excellent name recognition and has always had a considerable international audience.


Images of America Series Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike Author(s): Dr. Robert Forrant, Susan Grabski

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Book Description: Incorporated in 1847 on the banks of the Merrimack River, Lawrence, Massachusetts, was the final and most ambitious of New England’s planned textile-manufacturing cities developed by the Boston-area entrepreneurs who helped launch the American Industrial Revolution. With a dam and canal system to generate power, by 1912 Lawrence led the world in the production of worsted wool cloth. The Pacific Cotton Mills alone had sales of nearly $10 million and had mechanical equipment capable of producing 800 miles of finished textile fabrics every working day. However, industrial growth was accompanied by worsening health, housing, and working conditions for most of the city’s workers. These were the root causes that led to the long, sometimes violent struggle between people of diverse ethnic groups and languages and the city’s mill owners and overseers. The 1912 strike—known today as the Bread and Roses Strike—became a landmark moment in history.


Images of America Series Lawrence, Massachusetts (Volume I) Author(s): Eartha Dengler, Katherine Khalife, Ken Skulski

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Book Description: Lawrence, Massachusetts is the first extensive photographic history of the city in over seventy-five years, and it offers more than two hundred fascinating images from the renowned Immigrant City Archives—many of them rare and previously unpublished. This fascinating visual history chronicles the growth of a city that began to rise from the plains of the Merrimack River in 1845. Conceived, financed, and managed by Yankee capitalists and designed to be a model town, Lawrence was among the earliest planned manufacturing communities in the country and it quickly became the largest woolen and worsted manufacturing center in the world. From the outset, Lawrence was the gateway to America for thousands of immigrants. Here, they found work, acquired skills, learned English, educated their young people, and eventually became citizens. By 1910, almost 90,000 people—representing 25 nationalities and speaking 40 languages—had made their home within the seven square miles that constitute Lawrence. Their unique story is told through images lovingly cherished in velvet photograph albums and old cardboard boxes, and gathered over the decades from the tenement attics and basements of those who actually lived the lives shown in these photographs. The images vividly portray America’s industrial and immigrant past, and show the lives, work, aspirations, pleasures, and sometimes the suffering, of the people who created the city of Lawrence.


Images of America Series Lawrence, Massachusetts (Volume II) Author(s): Ken Skulski

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Book Description: In 1847, following much objection and lawlessness, the pioneer townsfolk of Lawrence were finally recognized in a charter signed by the governor of the Commonwealth. Known alternately as “The Immigrant City,” “The Friendly City,” and “The Woolen Worsted Capital of the World,” the city of Lawrence would thereafter become a crowded urban laboratory whose experiments were recorded around the globe. Issued during the sesquicentennial year of the town’s incorporation, this sequel volume revisits in greater detail the work and the leisure of the people of Lawrence from the advent of photography through the 1950s. The book’s focus on the everyday life of the common man reveals some lesser-known occupations—such as cigar maker and horse undertaker—as well as a heartiness and spirit unique to this diverse population. In addition, the book records the history of the busiest and best-known thoroughfares ever traveled in Lawrence, and concludes with a look at city landmarks that have been destroyed over the years.


Images of America Series Lawrence in the Gilded Age Author(s): Louise Brady Sandberg

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Book Description: The Gilded Age, c. 1870-1898, was a time of promise and expanding horizons for the people of Lawrence, known as "the Queen City on the Merrimack." Passenger trains, horse-drawn trolleys, and electric streetcars dominated transportation, one-third of the population worked in manufacturing, and thirteen newspapers brought the latest information to the city's burgeoning population of nearly sixty thousand people. Through unique images from the special collections of the Lawrence Public Library, rich commentary, and a virtual walking tour, Lawrence in the Gilded Age relives the last three decades of the nineteenth century in Lawrence, which had managed to avoid the labor strikes and political and social unrest that plagued the city in the early twentieth century.


Images of America Series Lawrence Police Department: Heroes Wear Blue Author(s): Ronald J. DeSantis

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Book Description: Lawrence Police Department: Heroes Wear Blue pictorially chronicles the history of the department from its inception through its first century to the present day. A compelling visual tour, not only for police and local historians, this collection offers a glimpse of society and how it has changed. Featuring the first known police officer in Lawrence, Massachusetts, as well as the Lawrence police officers who served in the Civil War in uniform, this volume also provides a rare glimpse of vintage police equipment that is now unlawful to use.


Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream Author(s): Bruce Watson

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Book Description: On January 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, commencing what has since become known as the "Bread and Roses" strike. Based on newspaper accounts, magazine reportage, and oral histories, Watson reconstructs a Dickensian drama involving thousands of parading strikers from fifty-one nations, unforgettable acts of cruelty, and even a protracted murder trial that tested the boundaries of free speech. A rousing look at a seminal and overlooked chapter of the past, Bread and Roses is indispensable reading.


Bread and Roses, Too Author(s): Katherine Paterson

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Book Description: Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn’t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers—an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci? When Rosa is sent to Vermont with other children to live with strangers until the strike is over, she fears she will never see her family again. Then, on the train, a boy begs her to pretend that he is her brother. Alone and far from home, she agrees to protect him . . . even though she suspects that he is hiding some terrible secret. From a beloved, award-winning author, here is a moving story based on real events surrounding an infamous 1912 strike.

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A Sacred Space - St. Mary-Immaculate Conception Cemeteries and Chapel Mausoleum of Lawrence, Massachusetts Author: Kathleen S. Flynn

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Book Description: This publication was funded by The Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Fund. Research, Writing, and Photography by Kathleen S. Flynn. The story of the St. Mary - Immaculate Conception Cemeteries is integrally bound with the story of the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and its Catholic residents. This is an ongoing story, celebrating successive Catholic immigrants groups which chose Lawrence as their new home, the place where they hoped to live out their American dream. The two cemeteries are adjacent, located in the northwestern section of the city. The Immaculate Conception Cemetery was established in 1847 and St. Mary's Cemetery in 1848 ...

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Book Description: Tenement Dwellers is the second volume of anecdotes from my series of books about the old neighborhood and growing up in a collapsing, forgotten industrial mill town along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Lawrence, Massachusetts was my hometown. It was seven square miles of three-decker tenement houses, housing projects, kids and congestion. It was schoolyards, churches, smokestacks, pool halls, back alleys, barrooms and mile after mile of abandoned, redbrick mill buildings.Life was difficult trying to raise oneself in such an environment. As I said in my first volume, "Just Hangin' Out, Ma," thank God for the street corners of Lawrence, Mass. and hangin' out.My best times growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in Lawrence were those many hours spent with my childhood buddies hangin' out on the street corners, shooting hoops in the schoolyards and just idling here and there.Lawrence was a forgotten town and we were its offspring. We were not only forgotten; we were ignored and avoided. But in that abandonment we kids found companionship and camaraderie. We discovered the intricacies of friendship, breaking chops and having fun. I have no definition of the term love other than friendship. I learned it as a tenement dweller hanging on the periphery of a social disaster with my buddies. I learned it hiding from the cold in a stranger's hall way, sitting on the wall up at the Howard playstead, shooting hoops under a streetlight or going out of my way to walk a buddy halfway home in a snow storm on a late evening. I've had a good life, making friends wherever I've gone and I'm still at it. Enjoy this book, my friends. If you don't learn anything from it, I do hope you at least get a few laughs.

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Book Description: "Come On-A My House" is the fourth effort in my Lawrence – My Hometown series. Like the last three, this book contains varied anecdotes about the old neighborhood and the old gang. In it I try once again to create a picture of a time and a place and a neighborhood that once was but is no more. On the front cover of this volume I have a picture of the old tenement where I was raised. This is a very old picture of the structure at 32 Chelmsford Street in North Lawrence. It is the house as I remember it as a kid. Most of the folks in the photo are my relatives – grandmother, grandfather, uncles and aunts. This old homestead stands as another icon of my hometown as I remember it.My grandmother owned the building and it was passed down to one of her children, my Uncle Ray.But the song title, "Come On-A My House," is equally significant. The song was written by William Saroyan and a nephew of his while traveling cross country to visit a much beloved aunt. It was a nostalgic song reminiscent of all the ethnic foods and shared childhood delights that William and his nephew were lusting for upon arriving at auntie's house. This is a very common feeling for all of the folks raised in "The Immigrant City," my hometown of Lawrence, MA. One of the first books I ever read was written by William Saroyan and it was titled "My Name is Aram." It was a book very much like this Lawrence series of books that I've been putting together, ethnic in tone yet universal in its message. It has been my inspiration.


Disaster in Lawrence: the Fall of Pemberton Mill Author: Alvin F. Oickle

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Book Description: The Destruction was Unimaginable. Workers in nearby factories watched with horror as the Pemberton Mill buckled and then collapsed, trapping more than six hundred workers, many of them women and children. Word of the disaster spread quickly and volunteers rushed to the scene. As survivors called out for help, a lantern fell, and within minutes fire engulfed the building, burning those trapped inside. It took days for rescuers to complete the grim task of removing the charred bodies of the dead. Alvin F. Oickle's riveting account illustrates why, nearly a century and a half later, the Pemberton collapse is still considered one of the worst industrial calamities in American history. Book jacket.

pemberton.jpg The Pemberton Casualties Temporarily Out of Stock Author: Alvin F. Oickle $20.00
Book Description: It's been a century and a half since the country was rocked with the news that a "monster mill" in Lawrence, Massachusetts, collapsed while hundreds of employees were at work. The Pemberton Mill in 1860 was like others - huge, productive, but not safe for employees. The Pemberton Casualties tells the stories of the 1,003 men, women, and children - oh, so many children - who were to suffer and die in this disaster. On these pages, the reader will find the names of every one of the thousand. Charts show ages, addresses, and even their final month's wages. Genealogists will find this a gold mine awaiting their searching.

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Mill Time Author: Ken Skulski; Photography: Doug Hartwell

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Book Description: A concise historical review of certain events preceding and following construction of the Ayer Mill. It is dedicated to the donors of the 1991 Ayer Mill Clock Tower Restoration Project and to those individuals who spent their lives laboring in the mills. This booklet was made possible by a grant from the Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Fund.


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Photograph Description: Copy print of women marchers during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Victory March (1912), Lawrence, Massachusetts (8" x 10")

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Photograph Description: Copy print of crowd marching during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, Lawrence, Massachusetts


Sidewalk Assembly at Canal and Appleton Streets (1912) (8" x 10")

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Photograph Description: Copy print of spontaneous sidewalk assembly at Canal and Appleton Streets during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, Lawrence, Massachusetts.


Strikers' Meeting on the Common, January 22, 1912 (8" x 10")

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Photograph Description: Copy print of Strikers' Meeting on the Common, January 22, 1912, during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, Lawrence, Massachusetts.


Marie Lingier, Prospect Mill, Lawrence, Massachusetts. (8" x 10")

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Photograph Description: Copy print of Marie Lingier, a Belgium woman at the wheel of textile machinery in the Prospect Mill c. 1912.


Mary Tomacchio, Ayer Mill, Lawrence, Massachusetts. (8" x 10")

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Photograph Description: Copy print of Mary Tomacchio, 15 years old at the Ayer Mill. She is the niece of Josephine Champy, the daughter of Ann Tomacchio, and the sister of James, Fred, Ann, and Mary, c. 1912.


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Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Strike (4" x 6") Artist: Ralph Fasanella

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Postcard Description: Postercard of Ralph Fasanella's painting, "Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Strike." The original painting measures 45" x 90" and is on permanent display at the Lawrence Heritage State Park. Fasanella is famous for his colorful images of American working class. His interest in the history of the U.S. Labor movement attracted him to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where the Great Textile Strike of 1912 took place. There he painted for several years people, places, and events. A grateful city and U.S. Congress designated May 18, 1987, as Ralph Fasanella Day.

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Ayer Mill Clock Tower, Lawrence, Massachusetts (3.5" x 5.5") Photo: Jonas Stundza

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Postcard Description: The world's largest four-faced Mill Bell Clock Tower. The 40 ft. side brick tower stands 260 ft. The Merrimack Valley Communty Foundation resotred the clock an dbell in 1991 and the batten seam copper roof in 1999. Bell Maker: Schilmerich Carillons; Clock Restorers: The Balzer Family; Coppersmith: A&M Roofing & Sheetmetal Co. Inc.

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City Hall, Lawrence, Massachusetts (3.5" x 5.5") Photo: Jonas Stundza

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Postcard Description: Original building was constructed in 1849 and included this towe with clock, bell and eagle. the hall was enlarged in 1923 after a design by a prominent local architect, George G. Adams. During the Pemberton Mill Disaster in 1860, the hall served as morgue for the victims of the calamity.

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Great Stone Dam, Lawrence, Massachusetts (3.5" x 5.5") Photo: Jonas Stundza

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Postcard Description: This granite dam across the Merrimack Rover, designed by Charles Storrow and constructed by Charles Bigelow, was erected by the Essex Company between 1845 and 1848 to provide water power for the textile industry. Site of hydroelectric power plant since 1981.

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Campagnone Common, Lawrence, Massachusetts (3.5" x 5.5") Photo: Jonas Stundza

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Postcard Description: The Essex Company, founder of Lawrence in 1845, donated this land tio the community and several monuments, including this World War II monument, have been erected here. The common was named to honor three Campagnone brothers killed during WWII.

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"Columbus Sighting America" Lawrence, Massachusetts (3.5" x 5.5") Photo: Jonas Stundza

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Postcard Description: Tapestry woven at Arlington Mills in Lawrence for Columbian Exposition in 1893, after painting by H.F. Pluddemann, Berlin 1836. Jacquard weaving donated by Lithuanian community to Lawrence Public Library. Original size: 78" x 47"


Lawrence Flag, Lawrence, Massachusetts (4" x 6")

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Postcard Description: The white stripes represent the Spicket, Merrimack and Shawsheen Rivers and their respective courses. Lawrence was founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1953. The flag was adopted in 1903. Daniel W. Hoff, a teacher of penmanship in Lawrence, Mass., designed and flew the flag for the semi-centennial on June 1, 1903 which made the flag become the focal point for the 150th anniversary on 2003.

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St. Mary's Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts (4" x 6")

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St. Joseph's Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts (4" x 6")

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