The Festival features, as part of its historical and labor exhibits, Lawrence History Live! and the Community Forum, a place for discussion of labor, industrial heritage, education, and other community  issues. Lawrence History Live! presents its 10th edition after having been created by Linda and Jurg Siegenthaler in 2008.
Within the Lawrence History Live! tent, we'll have seating and a platform where historians, writers, union representatives, and community activists will present their insights on Lawrence's history and present. In a question-and-answer format, festival visitors will be able to participate in what will be an exciting encounter with the past and with society today.
Again this year, there will be a second speaker's venue at the Community Corner, adjacent to our history and labor section.  A soap box is also provided.
So, there is plenty to take in!  Get involved, learn, and enjoy! 



Richard McCarthy: “Mill Work (a mock poem testimony)”


Jonas Stundzia: Lithuanians in the Lawrence 1919 Textile Strike


Ani Cordero: Lessons from Puerto Rico Protests


Natalicia Tracy and Sonia Terbullino: The Work and Family Mobility Act


Steve Thornton: Good Trouble: A Shoeleather History of Nonviolent Direct Action


Kevin Jones: Filling the Gaps in a Fractured System: The Merrimack Valley Project’s Pilot Program for Fighting Substance Use Disorder


Community Forum: Featuring a screening and discussion of “The Boiler Project,” a youth-led documentary film capturing the experiences of the people of Lawrence in light of the recent gas crisis


Katherine Paterson, 2019 Hall of Fame Honoree

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The Community Corner has scheduled additional speakers on labor and social issues, as well as poetry readings, labor songs, and more.

Coordinators: Elizabeth Pellerito, Linda Siegenthaler, Jurg Siegenthaler, Bernard Trubowitz, Christina Villafranca

PO Box 1137

Lawrence, MA 01842

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