Saturday, March 29, 2014

April Program to Focus on Photos of Child Laborers From the Early 20th Century

From 1908 to 1924, an American sociologist and photographer, Lewis Hine, working for the National Child Labor Committee, traveled to sweatshops, slums, factories, and farms, documenting the exploitation of children in the workforce. His work eventually led to the enactment of child labor reform in this country.

JoeManning2011Sized2.JPGOur speaker in April, Joseph Manning, will be showing us some of those photographs as he talks about his work to identify and locate the descendants of a number of the children in these photographs, using the same genealogical research techniques we are familiar with.
Joe Manning is an author, historian, and genealogist, originally from Washington DC and Maryland, who settled in New England after spending four years in the Air Force and earning a BA in sociology. He worked for the Connecticut Department of Social Services until his retirement, at which time he relocated to western MA. He was the creator and advisor for several oral history projects in the North Adams, MA, public schools before his interest in the Lewis Hine photographs. His subsequent search has earned him national recognition, including from CBS News, National Public Radio, Yankee Magazine, and other publications.
Joe travels extensively giving presentations related to the Lewis Hine Project at many colleges, libraries, museums, and other institutions and organizations. This will be a not-to-miss program!
Join us on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Brewster Ladies Library at 10am -- come early for coffee and donuts!

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