Farewell to Factory Towns will be shown as part of Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s (WMJWJ) “Making History” series. The screening is at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke Tuesday July 10 ~ 7:00-8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm).
As with all former factory towns, North Adams was hit hard by deindustrialization. MassMOCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the biggest complex of factory buildings in the city, was to be the engine of economic development that would improve the lives of local residents. This film examines the role that the museum has played in North Adams and argues that much more needs to be done. To that end, the film looks at a variety of locally-based projects, union solidarity, and emerging social movements geared to change national policy. After the screening (60 minutes), director Maynard Seider, retired Mass. College of Liberal Arts professor, will answer questions about the film and issues.
These are the details about the rest of the series:
The making of history still needs the telling, and the telling of history needs the making of images, still and moving. So Western Mass. Jobs with Justice and the Holyoke Heritage State Park are delighted to host a series of visual presentations, two films (a documentary and a drama) and historical photos.
Nina Kleinberg ~ “Salt of the Earth” ~ Tuesday July 17 ~ 6:45-9:10pm (note earlier start time, longer program; the film will end around 8:20)
Joe Manning ~ “The Lewis Hine Project” ~ Tuesday July 24 ~ 7:00-8:30p