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! 



Karen Lane,  Barre Historical Society, “The Barre, Vermont, Old Labor Hall – Then and Now”


Louise Sandberg, Lawrence Public Library,  “Over Here! The Home Front During the Great War”


Steve Thornton,  Labor Historian,  “Honoring Labor's Anti-War Heroes of WWI”


Mark Chester,  Photographer, “The Bay State: A Multi-Cultural Landscape: Photographs of New Americans”


Riahl O'Malley,  United for a Fair Economy,  “The White Privilege Economy”


Community Forum: Panel Discussion on Immigration, chaired by Representative Juana Matias, 16th Essex


Corey Dolgon, Stonehill College,  on his book, “Kill It To Save It:  An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph Over Democracy”


Rand Wilson, SEIU 888, “Our Revolution and the Labor Movement: What Are the Prospects for Unity?”


Pablo Ruiz,  SEIU Community Action, on unions in Lawrence today (title TBD)


Steve Kellerman, Boston Labor Solidarity Committee, “On the History of the Class Struggle in  the U.S.”

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