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BWLI Students and Committee

Local Historian to Present Child Labor Photo Project

04/17/2009

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will host author and historian Joe Manning as he discusses the Lewis Hine Project on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m., at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

The event is free and open to the public.

One hundred years ago, Lewis Hine began a 10-year quest to photograph American child laborers, ultimately visiting 32 states and the District of Columbia. His pioneering work helped the passage of federal and state child labor laws and established Hine as one of the world's greatest photojournalists. There are 5,000 of these pictures in the Library of Congress. Manning has worked to identify some of the children, tracking down their descendants and finding out what happened to their ancestors.

Manning will show dozens of historic photographs, several of which were taken at the Eclipse Mill in North Adams in 1911. He will talk about his search process and share many of the stories he discovered.

Manning's research for author Elizabeth Winthrop uncovered the real-life story of Addie Card, the Vermont millworker whose photo inspired "Counting on Grace," Winthrop's award-winning book. Since then, he successfully identified more than 100 additional child in similar labor photos. His Lewis Hine Project was the subject of a feature story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

For more information about the Lewis Hine Project, see Manning's Web site: www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/lewishine.html. For more information all MCLA Gallery 51 programs, go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51 .