The Historic Districts Fall Lecture, Film and Tour Series:

“Landmarks of Labor” presents a series of programs exploring New York City’s 20th century buildings where workers and organizers lived, workers, and staged notable events for the labor movement. Learn about the history and future of New York’s labor buildings – including homes, factories, and public squares – and discover the preservation efforts currently underway to save some of these spaces.

•Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Tour at 5:30pm, Panel at 6:30pm: Panel Discussion and Tour
•Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:30pm, Film Screening: On the Waterfront
•Sunday, November 13, 2011, 10:30am, An Educational Walk Through the East Village









Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Tour at 5:30pm, Panel at 6:30pm
General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, Manhattan



This panel will examine the built environment of the labor movement, discussing how and why to preserve significant buildings and sites associated with labor history. Panelists will delve into both cultural and social history such as waterfront laborers and the labor movement among different immigrant groups. Speakers include Richard A. Greenwald, dean, School of Arts and Sciences at St. Joseph's College; Joyce Mendelsohn, author and historian; and Mary Anne Trasciatti, professor, Hostra University.

All event attendees are invited to a free pre-program tour at 5:30pm of some of the little-accessed spaces at the General Society with executive director Clinton W. Blume III. The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsman of the City. Today, this 225-year old organization continues to serve and improve the quality of life of the people of the City of New York through its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs including Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library, and The New York Center for Independent Publishing.

$15/$10 for Friends of HDC

Space is limited for all programs. Reservations required.

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30pm
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan

Elia Kazan’s acclaimed film depicts midcentury working conditions along the mob-controlled piers of the Hudson River. The film is based on a 24-part Pulitzer prize-winning series in the New York Sun exposing corruption and racketeering characterizing operations on the water. Noted architectural historian Francis Morrone will speak after the film about its significance in New York City history and culture.

$15/$10 for Friends of HDC

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 10:30am
Tour with Justin Ferate

Greenwich Village has a long and distinguished history in American Labor History. This walking tour will address the 10,000 marchers in the first Labor Day Parade (1882), the Socialist-led Rand School of Social Science, the founding site of the ILGWU, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Uprising of 20,000, the Catholic Worker, Cooper Union, and sites associated with Emma Goldman, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Clara Lemlich, and Samuel Gompers. Come learn from one of New York City’s foremost tour guides about these significant sites.

$35/$25 for Friends of HDC

Space is limited for all programs. Reservations required.

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