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January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

STRIKE! Hopedale 1913 – Revolution in the Air Winter Lecture Series

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor present our Winter Lecture Series – “Revolution in the Air.” This six-part series investigates how the Blackstone River Valley has served as an incubator of revolutionary thought and change. Scholars and park staff will lead presentations on a variety of topics including labor reform, ethnic religion and politics, the cotton economy, and architecture. Presentations are every other Saturday, beginning January 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by a Question and Answer session. The program is free and open to all.

Lecture #1: STRIKE! Hopedale 1913

Synopsis: In 1913, workers at the Draper Corporation in Hopedale, MA went on strike. Many in the local community were shocked that such a bold demonstration could happen in their backyard.

Decades earlier, the Drapers had started their manufacturing empire in Hopedale, a communal experiment founded by idealistic Practical Christians. Although much of the commune’s idealism faded after the community dissolved in 1856, the Drapers were long heralded for their investment in Hopedale. Some saw the Drapers’ housing, parks, and other projects as proof that Hopedale was a shining example of paternalism. But underneath this veneer, a conflict was brewing between management and workers. Particularly as more immigrants were recruited to work in Hopedale (and live in Milford) there was also a widening gulf between the highest and lowest paid at Draper Corporation. Join Rangers Allison Horrocks and Mark Mello to discuss the strike that changed the town of Hopedale. Together, we’ll explore an era filled with tensions relevant to our world today.

Bio: Allison Horrocks is a public historian and Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park. During the winter of 2020-2021, she is on a temporary assignment at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Her research interests include work, education, and public service. Allison is pleased to be back in the Blackstone Valley and probing into the rich histories of work and activism found here.

Click this link to register for as many lectures as you would like to attend: https://bit.ly/RevolutionInTheAir

You will receive an email prior to the event providing the Zoom link to access the meeting.

Learn more about the series here: https://www.nps.gov/blrv/planyourvisit/revolution-in-the-air-winter-lecture-series.htm


January 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park