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Andover presents 'Hine and the Children of Lawrence' on February 6

Talk by historians Joe Manning and Robert Forrant part of OWH Library's new Lewis Hine photography exhibition

January 24, 2013 — On Wednesday, February 6, at 8 p.m., oral historian Joe Manning and University of Massachusetts-Lowell history professor Robert Forrant will present a lecture titled "Hine and the Children of Lawrence" in Kemper Auditorium on Chapel Avenue on the campus of Phillips Academy. The historians will discuss the children of the "Lewis Hine Project" and the history of children workers, immigration and industrialization. Their talk will be followed by a reception in the Underwood Room. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, now on view in the McLean Gallery on the second floor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL), was curated by Manning. Through detailed interviews with their extended families, Manning pieced together the lifetimes of ten children who were subjects of photographs made in Lawrence, Mass., in 1911 by Hine, a social reformer and documentary photographer.

"The children and families depicted in the child labor photographs of Lewis Hine were unwittingly caught in the act of making history, but we know almost nothing about them. The pictures were taken for a noble purpose, but a century later, they have become an enormous photo album of the American Family. By finding out what happened to some of them, and by revealing the photos to their descendants (most descendants are unaware of them), we are dignifying their lives, and the lives of everyone that history has forgotten." ~ Joe Manning

The exhibition originally was installed by the Lawrence History Center (LHC) in the city's Everett Mill; its subsequent installment at Phillips Academy was made possible with the help of history and social science instructor Kathleen Dalton, the Addison Gallery of American Art, LHC, the Bread and Roses Strike Centennial Committee and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. "The Lewis Hine Project — Stories of the Lawrence Children" will be on display at the OWHL until March 15

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