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! 



Susie Rivo, Rochelle Ruthchild, and Libby Bouvier, Director/Producer and Executive Producers, respectively, of LEFT ON PEARL

LEFT ON PEARL: Documenting Bread and Roses' legacy in Boston's women's liberation movement of the early 1970s


Members of the Lawrence History Live! committee

A Deep Dive into this Year’s Logo: From Lawrence suffragist Ella Findeisen to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Community Forum

Organizing during the time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: Young People Speak Out


Kerri Arsenault in conversation with David Vermette

Environmental Legacies and Franco-American Legacies in Maine’s mill towns


Tom Juravich

“Bread and Roses”- The Evolution of a Song, Labor Songbooks, and Union Culture


Andrew Saksa

Jonas Smolskas: Murdered for Wearing a Union Pin


Genithia Hogges

Ladies of Rap: Empowerment and Exploitation

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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