Lawrence Public Library Receives Grant

The Lawrence Public Library has recently received a $7,500 grant form the MAssachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The grant will be used to help facilitate the city-wide book read of Katherine Paterson's Bread and Roses, Too. The intent of the book read is to have as many Lawrencians as possible reading the book while centennial year of 2012 is in full swing.COngratulations to the LAwrence Public Library and thank you to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  

Bread & Roses Centennial Meeting 7/6

Join us for the monthly Bread & Roses Centennial Committee meeting on Wednesday July 6th from 6-8pm at the Lawrence Heritage State Park 3rd floor at 1 Jackson St. Lawrence, MA. All are welcome to attend. Come and hear about our plans to celebrate the centennial of the Bread & Roses strike. We want to hear your ideas for additional events!

Happy 4th of July!

LHC Receives MASS Humanities Grant!

The Lawrence History Center has received another grant of $10,000 to build a permanent strike exhibit from MASS Humanities, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities! For more information about MASS Humanities please visit MASS Humanities MH_logo_with_tag-cmyk_0.jpg

Digital Archive Created

We have added a Digital Archive to the centennial site. The digital archive will be a place that we will periodically upload materials relevant to the strike of 1912. Look for newspaper articles, photos and other documents that relate directly to the story of the strike, its themes and legacy. Most of the materials will be from the Lawrence History Center archives, others can be found floating around out there in the world wide web. Check it often and remember thatr it is under construction for now, its format may change.

Online Bread & Roses Course Taught by Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson, author of Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream, will be teaching an online course on the history of the Bread & Roses strike of 1912. For more information visit

The last day to register is 6/9!

Bread & Roses Labor Day Festival 2011 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

The 27th annual Bread & Roses Festival will be held on Labor Day, September 5th, 2011 on the Lawrence Common from 12 noon - 6:00pm. FREE ADMISSION!


  • Zili Misik
  • Ten Tumbao
  • Bread & Puppet Theater
  • Angkor Dance Troupe
  • Itchy Feet Jazz Band

...and much more music and dance, plus historical tours, children's entertainment, food vendors and more.


Corvid College Class

Steve Kellerman, IWW member and Bread & Roses Centennial Committee member, will be teaching a course called "Alternatives in Labor Organizing 1865-1948" at Corvid College in Boston. For more information visit


The Bread and Roses Centennial Committee has been awarded a Creative Economy grant from the University of Massachusetts President's Office. The grant totals $25,000 and will help tremendously in the programs planned for 2012. We would like to thank BRCC chair Bob Forrant for spearheading this effort. More information to come!


The Bread & Roses Centennial Committee is proud to announce the addition of two new events to our centennial calendar:

Next Centennial Committee Meeting: WEDNESDAY June 1st

The next Bread & Roses Centennial Committee meeting will be Wednesday June 1, 2011 from 6-8pm. Note the change of day. We will be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month from this point forward. We decided on this change at the last meeting in the hopes that some people who have been unable to attend meetings will now be able to. Meetings will still be from 6-8pm and at the Lawrence Heritage State Park unless otherwise noted. Happy Spring! 

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