Today in 1860: During the New England shoemakers strike, one thousand women workers in Lynn, Massachusetts, strike for a union and against wage cuts. Marching through a blizzard, the women carry signs proclaiming (quote): “American Ladies Will Not Be Slaves”.
In ten days, a procession of ten thousand workers will march through Lynn in the largest labor protest prior to the Civil War. Within a month, shoe manufacturers will offer higher wages to bring strikers back to the factories. But the companies will refuse to recognize a union.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, join Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg’s Environmental Engineer, and Tim Bolhuis of Pellitteri Waste Systems, for an update on Fitchburg’s Organics Collection Pilot, a citywide composting initiative. Following will be a presentation by master composter Joanne Tooley on vermiculture: indoor composting with worms! This is tonight from 6:30 to 9 pm. at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road in Fitchburg. More info at tnsmonona.org.
Tonight, Stoughton Public Library presents “Music on the Mezz,” with the By Request Quartet., performing the close harmonies of barbershop quartet music. This free performance is tonight at 7pm at the Stoughton Public Library, 304 South Fourth Street, just west of the City Hall Clock Tower in downtown Stoughton. More info at 608-873-6281.
Do you want to spend time outdoors and make a positive contribution to our community? The University of Wisconsin Arboretum has openings for volunteers to help with projects in the prairies and forests, on the trails, and in the gardens. Tools and training provided for all volunteer positions. For more info, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-5604.
An art exhibition, titled “Madison Steampunked” opens tomorrow night with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Lakeview Bakery and Deli, and remains on display until April 22 from 7am to 4pm daily. This is at 524 East Wilson. More info at 608-577-8023.