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Labor Stories: From East To West April 6

on March 22, 2019 - 7:44am
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its April 6 free public program “Labor Stories From East to West”.
 
The program features Robbin Legere Henderson and David Maes with presentations on Matilda Rabinowitz, a socialist labor organizer from the east and the Silver City Mining strike in New Mexico.
 
The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Kit Carson Electric Boardroom at 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.
 
Maes is a Board member of the Taos County Historical Society and chair of the Folklore and Oral History Committee. He will begin the program with a brief presentation on the Silver City mining strike, which was documented in the film Salt of Earth in 1954. The film captures the beleaguered Mexican-American workers and the central issue of dignity, equal pay and benefits as the Anglo miners.
 
Rabinowitz Immigrant Girl and Radical Woman ... is a memoir from the early twentieth century by Robbin Henderson's grandmother Matilda Rabinowitz. Henderson provides both a commentary and original drawings for the 2017 publication by Cornell University Press. Matilda Rabinowitz was a Ukrainian-born American socialist labor organizer who connected with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass. She devoted her life to the notion that women are entitled to independence, equal right and equal pay. Her career included contacts with many of the radicals that Mabel Dodge Luhan encountered in Greenwich Village in the early twentieth century.
 
Henderson is an artist and freelance curator and exhibition consultant. The granddaughter of Matilda Rabinowitz, she provided a commentary and numerous black-white scratchboard illustrations with subjects ranging from the journey to America, political and labor awakenings as well as romance and life as a single mother. These illustrations are on view through the Taos Arts Council's initiative for art in public spaces with a show, March 29-April 25 at Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita.
 
Henderson has B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley and studied painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Institute of Art. She was executive director of numerous community art centers including the Berkeley Art Center.
 
The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization formed in 1952 for the purpose of preserving the history of the Taos area. Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. For further information, visit here.

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