|August is going to be a quieter month at the Davies, at least at the beginning. Aside from our regular Rug Hooking group and Book Group, the program you’ll want to put on your calendar is the Wednesday, August 22 meeting of the Waterford Historical Society.
The WHS Program that evening will focus on the role of Union Labor in the Days of Comerford Dam. The program’s subject is part of Waterford Reads 2018, a program of the Vermont Humanities Council. This year’s Vermont Reads title, Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson, looks at the events of the mill strikes in Lawrence, MA, through the eyes of Rosa Serutti, an Italian immigrant child whose family works in the mills. To shield their children from violence, the workers, with union assistance, send their children to Barre, VT, where they are welcomed by the local Italian stone-cutting community.
The Davies Memorial Library, the Waterford Historical Society, and the Waterford School have joined forces to put on three events related to the themes of the book, and the WHS program about the building of the Comerford Dam kicks off the programming.
Two weeks later, on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm, come hear Mark Greenberg’s presentation “Solidarity Forever: Songs of Union and Labor” at the Davies Memorial Library. Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies and into the coal wars of the 1930s.
Later this fall the students at Waterford School will present a meal and program inspired by Bread and Roses, Too, and open to the entire community.
Come to the Davies and pick up a copy of the book and be part of Waterford Reads. Let’s celebrate our local history as well as Vermont history!