Lecturers in Hancock to discuss child labor

HANCOCK — Inspired by our reading of “Bread and Roses, Too,” Rochester resident George Moltz is helping bring local labor history to life. Moltz will be giving two lectures on Vermont in the era of child labor on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and again on Wednesday, May 16 a 7 p.m. at the same location.
In the talk Moltz examines whether Vermont was a leader in creating child labor laws or lagged behind the rest of the country. Moltz has an extensive background in history, including labor history. He taught social studies at Rochester School for more than 30 years, and always emphasized the “story” in “history” with his students.
He will be focusing on working conditions in Vermont, and will also be exploring the history of the mill in Hancock. Plan to join Quin-Town Center for Seniors for lunch afterwards, but please call ahead and make a reservation at 802-767-3763. There is a suggested donation of $3.50 for those over 60. The cost is $5 for all others. Contact Jill Jesso-White, Friends of the Hancock Free Public Library, at (802) 767-4128 with questions.

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