Lawrence History Live!

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! 


12:15-12:30: Bread & Roses: How the Lawrence Strikers Communicated Their Need for Dignity and a Livable Wage. Maddie McAllister

12:30-12:55: St. Vincent Nurses Strike for Justice. Dominique Muldoon & Marie Ritacco
1:00-1:55: Community Forum: Essential Workers During and Beyond COVID-19, Moderated by Joshua Alba

2:00-2:25: Getting Gigged: Is the gig economy good for workers? Elizabeth Pellerito
2:30-2:55: Who Organized Better in 1912? The American 'Fakers' of Labor or the Industrial Workers of the World? Bob Forrant

3:00-3:25: In memory of Elka Schumann

3:30-3:55: The Lawrence Public Schools Receivership and the attack on Democracy and unions. Marianela Rivera, Kassie Infante, Jineyda Tapia