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October 5, 2016: Lawrence History Center welcomes 2 new members to its board of directors, appoint Chet Sidell Board Member Emeritus

LHC board secretary Karen Van Welden Herman and LHC board president Pamela Yameen

Chet SIdell accepting his new role as LHC Board Member Emeritus

LHC membership

Guest speaker Christopher Muller, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley

The Lawrence History Center​ welcomed our membership to the the Essex Company Cashier's Office for our 38th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

During the business meeting, we welcomed two talented new board members:

- Sara Morin, Museum Collections Professional
- Yadira Betances Muldoon​, Freelance Journalist

Board member Mike Hearn moved into the new position of 2nd Vice President and Robert Forrant​ agreed to a second three year term.

It was also our pleasure to appoint Chet Sidell Board Member Emeritus in honor his decades of commitment to the Lawrence History Center. Please take moment to view, "Chet Sidell: A Giving Legacy"

For more information about our other wonderful board members, please visit our "Meet the Board of Directors, 2016 - 2017" page at:

Our guest speaker was Christopher Muller, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Over the past two years, he and his collaborators have worked with LHC to digitize jail, hospital, and death records for the years 1911 to 1913. He presented some preliminary trends in the digitized data and describe how he and his collaborators plan to use the data to understand the causes and effects of the Bread & Roses Strike.

It was fascinating to see how he and his collaborators are using data from the various source documents to create a full picture of the time. It was particularly interesting to see how they are using neighborhood data to understand how strikers might have organized. Great stuff!

This collaboration has been so important to LHC. We are really looking forward to what his continued work will reveal about the people in Lawrence in 1911-1913. And there will be so many opportunities going forward to bring students into the research and discovery process.

Until next year!