Gallery Opens with Two New Historic Exhibits
There will be a reception on Friday, August 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the 5 Hoosac Street Gallery, located in the Berkshire Cotton Mills, Adams, Mass., to celebrate the opening of two new exhibits on the Children of the Berkshire Mills and the March on Washington. All are welcome to attend. Sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine (1874-1940) visited the Berkshire Mills in Adams, Mass., July 1916, to photograph teenage workers to expose the exploitation of under-age employment in factories, mines and farms for the National Child Labor Committee, formed in 1904 to aggressively campaign for federal child labor law reform. Local author and poet, Joe Manning, known in the Berkshires for connecting families to their ancestors captured in the photographs, will continue his work as we present this program to the community to help identify the children who worked in the sprawling complex that was Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing.
Our second exhibit displays works by photographer Leonard Freed, who was in Washington, DC, in August 1963 to capture the March on Washington. Freed was an American, but had been living in Holland for many years and was trying to understand the Civil Rights Movement that was underway. The Getty Museum selected Freed’s photographs for inclusion in a book titled ‘This Is the Day,’ launched at the Library of Congress. Any visitor to the August 15 reception who actually attended the 1963 event who is willing to share a few words publicly about their experience, will receive a free copy of the book. This artistic, educational and historic exhibit is free of charge and scheduled to run until December 15. Since this is a grass-roots effort to help grow the creative economy in the Berkshires we invite the public to participate as volunteers at the gallery. Call 413-776-7487 for information.