In order to build an accurate picture of each officer’s life, the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project relies on community members to share family information, photographs and to assist in researching each of the 1,100 plus men who were involved in the strike. All of the information gathered will be shared with the world on the 100th anniversary of the strike, September 9, 2019.
Here are some ways you can participate:
1. Share Information with the Project!
Family members of strikers sometimes have wonderful stories and information about the strike that cannot be found anywhere else. We welcome your contributions, which will help us to accurately document the lives of those who experienced this dramatic event in Boston’s history.
2. Contribute a photograph of a striker!
We hope to have at least one portrait photograph of each striker to include in the eventual biographical encyclopedia to be unveiled on September 9, 2019. Do you have a photograph of a relative who participated in the strike? Share it here!
3. Join the Research Team!
Potential volunteer researchers take a free, self-paced online course [coming soon!] to learn about our approach to doing biographical research and to learn how to use the Boston Police Strike Project’s custom “Bio Worksheet.” Upon completion of the course, we ask each volunteer to try their hand at a test worksheet or two. Project staff will check over the trial worksheets, and once a volunteer is comfortable with the process, staff will assign him or her a striker to research. Volunteers then carry on working at their own pace, contributing time and research as their lives and schedules permit, and emailing completed worksheets when they’re ready. One worksheet or dozens of worksheets – every little bit counts!
4. Subscribe to our Mailing List!
This site will provide ongoing information and updates about the status of the Project and related events. Every so often an essay or update will be emailed to subscribers, including invitations to the big celebration to be held on September 9, 2019. There may be a few postal mailings as well. Stay in touch!