Remembering the Textile Mill Strikes in Little Falls
It was more than 100 years ago, but the tight-knit community of Little Falls still talks about the strikes that changed the lives of factory workers here and all over the country. What were these strikes all about and where can you learn more?
In 1912, workers in the textile mills of Little Falls finally had enough of how they were being treated. They had a variety of issues they were trying to improve - child labor practices, poor treatment of immigrants and women, tenement living, the tuberculosis epidemic and more. One local woman, Matilda Rabinowitz was a central figure in leading the textile mill strikes. And the inspiring story of the local workers' struggles is coming to life again.
Robbin Henderson, Rabinowitz's granddaughter saw Little Falls Theater's production of "Strike Story" in 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the strikes. She has since done extensive research into her grandmother's story and has now published a book titled "Matilda Rabinowitz - Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman".
Little Falls Theater is bringing back their original play, written by Angela Harris, for one night only - Friday, October 27, 2017. Henderson will be in attendance and also offering a book signing after the show. In addition, she will be speaking at the WCA on Saturday, October 28, presented by the Little Falls Historical Society.
There are other ways you can learn about the strikes and experience local history for yourself. Little Falls Theater and Little Falls Historical Society are offering maps free of charge to guests at both events, that give visitors a self-guided walking tour of the local sites that figured into the events. You can find out more at the Historical Society's Facebook page. You can also learn more about "Strike Story" at Little Falls Theater's Facebook event page.