Boston in 1919: Setting the scene for the strike

Front page article from the Boston Daily Globe with photograph of molasses flood destruction.

“MOLASSES TANK EXPLOSION INJURES 50 AND KILLS 11.” Boston Daily Globe, January 16, 1919. The molasses flood was one of the major events of 1919, the year of the Boston Police Strike.

What: 1919 Boston Police Strike Volunteer Meet-up

Where: CALLI Room, 4th floor, Healey Library, UMass Boston campus

When: Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

RSVP: Kindly RSVP to by Wednesday, May 15.

Do you ever wonder what else was going on in Boston in 1919? What was daily life like for our strikers? Join us for our next meet-up on Friday, May 17, 2019, at UMass Boston to learn about the events that shaped the city and the strike.

We will kick off our meeting with a brief description of the commemoration event to be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at UMass Boston, then spend a few minutes trying our hand at recording our thoughts about the project (video/audio) in preparation for the event.

The highlight of our meeting will be an illustrated presentation by Margaret Sullivan, Archivist, Boston Police Department, discussing the major events of 1919 and how they shaped the life of the city and the nation.

We will also update you on progress regarding the upcoming stages of the project (reviewing/closing, data entry, biographical profiles, and 2019 culminating event planning), and will answer your questions and general research needs.

Please note that we will be meeting in the CALLI room location: Healey Library, 4th  floor.

All current volunteers are welcome, including those in the process of taking the online training course. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Directions to campus are available here, and a campus map is available here. PLEASE NOTE: The exterior stairs from the plaza up to Healey Library are CLOSED. Please access Healey Library through the catwalk system.

We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date:

Next volunteer meet-up: Friday, June 28, 2019 (UMass Boston campus)

Boston Police Strike Centennial Anniversary Commemoration: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (UMass Boston campus)

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