Other Events in 2012

A sample of events that took place in 2012 to commemorate the strike..


The Lawrence History Center's exhibit and cultural space "Short Pay! All Out!" is now open on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill (15 Union St., Lawrence, MA) Thursday-Saturday 11am-3pm or by appointment by calling 978-686-9230. The exhibit is free to the public and can accommodate groups. School groups, unions, social clubs, and other organizations are encouraged to hold meetings and events in the space. Call 978-686-9230.Click here for video of the opening

Events planned to be held in the exhibit space include: an exhibit of Stephen Lewis' Labor Posters, an exhibit of Lewis Hine's photography by Joe Manning, the Maine Labor Mural Project, Follow the Thread, and much more. Click Here for a detailed list of events scheduled to take place throughout the year in the exhibit space

April-May 2012:

With funding support from Film London/British Film Institute, StudioSTRIKE, a London organization of artist studios hosting events, live music, talks & screenings will host a Bread & Roses Film Festival in April/May 2012 in London, UK! If you plan to be in London then, check the calendar before you go and catch a movie while you are there! We'll post the film schedule once we receive it!

For British Film Institute: www.bfi.org.uk/

For Studio STRIKE: http://www.facebook.com/studioSTRIKE

May and June 2012:

Follow the Thread: America’s Jewish Immigrants and The Birth of the Garment Industry. A fashion show and multi-media exhibit examining Jewish immigration, the growth of the garment industry and the fashions it produced that reflected the world's social, economic and political climate. Collaborating with Movement City of Lawrence CommunityWorks. Location TBA.

June – October 2012:

An exhibit of famed painter Ralph Fasanella’s original works depicting moments in the Bread and Roses strike – to be displayed at the Lawrence Heritage State Park from June – October 2012. Fasanella spent considerable time living and working in Lawrence and his eight strike paintings are widely known and revered. Funds are needed to mount the exhibit.

June 15 - August 16, 2012:

An art exhibition of work by Liz Nofziger & Linda Price Sneddon, Melissa Shook, Ean White, and Justin Kirchoff responding to the Bread & Roses Strike with contemporary art work that includes: video and video projection, sound installation, photography shot using a 100 year old camera and much more. An opening reception free to the public will be held on Friday, June 15 from 5-7pm. Housed at the Chester F. Sidell and Elizabeth A. Beland Galleries at the Essex Art Center, 56 Island St. Lawrence, MA. 

September 3, 2012:

Bread & Roses Labor Day 2012 Festival. Vendors, labor unions, community groups, and local businesses will join prominent performers, business leaders, public officials, and union leaders to help Lawrence celebrate Labor Day and the strike’s centennial.

November 3, 2012:

The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold its annual meeting in Lawrence on November 3rd. The program theme will be centered on the immigrants of the strike era. Please check back for more information.

A labor film festival, concerts, and other activities are planned. If you have an idea for an event, want to get involved planning and coordinating events, or want to make a donation to support these activities please contact: Ethan Snow, ethan@lawrencehistory.org, or Robert Forrant, Robert_Forrant@uml.edu.