Shifting Gears

In 1986, Mass Humanities launched its first major statewide project, in partnership with the Heritage State Parks, that focused on six once prosperous manufacturing communities and provided residents with a powerful record of their hometown memories though the lens of the ever-changing nature of work in Massachusetts. The project placed scholars-in-residence in six once-prosperous manufacturing centers to work with local groups to examine the values associated with different kinds of work and their role in determining individual and community identity. Oral history interviews from Gardner, Lawrence, North Adams, Blackstone River Valley, and Holyoke have now been transcribed and are available online.
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