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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100th Anniversary March 25, 2011

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100th Anniversary March 25, 2011

Old Mar 21st, 2011, 06:29 PM
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Thanks emd3 - sounds interesting. I like that neighborhood and haven't been there in forever.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 06:55 PM
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By the time of the fire, many of the shops were unionized by the fledgling ILGU. Triangle was one that was not. Goons were hired to attack union demonstrators. Among the demands the union was making of Triangle: Additional fire escapes; doors that open outward.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 06:25 AM
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Susan Harris, whose exhibit is going to be at the NYC Fire Museum, is a descendant of one of the owners of the Triangle factory.

This is what is on the museum site re this exhibit:

On Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 9 pm, the New York City Fire Museum is hosting a reception for “Remembering Their Prayers,” created by artist Susan Harris. This special exhibition, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, is free and the public is invited to attend. The museum will be open for viewing and refreshments will be served.

Susan Harris resides in Los Angeles, California and is a descendant of Max Blanck, one of the co-owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, and will appear in the upcoming HBO film, “Triangle, Remembering the Fire.” As the Blanck family also had several relatives die in the tragic Triangle fire, Harris created “Remembering Their Prayers” with cloth and thread as a way of connection to remember and honor all of the victims.

Her featured piece, “Remembering Their Prayers,” consists of delicate pieces of Edwardian shirtwaists and handkerchief fabrics, each hand-embroidered with the name of a victim. Many names are sewn by the victims’ descendants. Hung on a line in a manner similar to Tibetan prayer flags, the piece is now 152 feet long.

Interested in Eastern religions since her teenage years, Tibetan prayer flags and prayer wheels have always held a powerful and transcendental energy for the artist. “I knew that there was something I had to do… I felt a deep calling to make something that would bridge the gap of pain and time and connect my family to the other victims’ families,” she says.

Harris will also be presenting a number of smaller, similarly intimate pieces relating to the Triangle Fire in the Museum’s first floor gallery. The exhibit “Remembering Their Prayers” will be on display through April 23, 2011.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2011, 07:29 PM
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Heard Katharine Weber, the author of Triangle, speak this evening. Interesting hearing about the writing process for historical fiction. She started this one before Sept 11th and then put it away for awhile til she could figure out how to deal with 9/11 as part of fiction about now.

Interesting lady with some famous ancestors. Am looking forward to reading her autobiography.

www.katharineweber.com
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 01:50 AM
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emd3, I trust you'll enjoy the Ric Burns New York documentary series. My wife and I watched it via Netflix last summer prior to visiting my brother in NYC. I grew up there in the '60's (been in Colorado for nearly 35 years now), and found the series endlessly fascinating, worth owning and re-watching.

As I understand it they completely filming in 1999 or 2000, then produced one more disk after 9/11.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:11 AM
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I loved that documentary series also. I saw it when it first came out and will have to rewatch one of these days. I have the soundtrack also.

I need to see that exhibit at Grey Art Gallery of NYU. It sounds interesting.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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palmetto princess, re: "I do think we should be vigilent not to let owners/managers take safety shortcuts to boost profits."
I hope this isn't off-topic, but I heard something to that effect on NPR yesterday, that the nuclear crisis in Japan is due in part to the choice of a cheaper housing material; that Halliburton was selected to install safety devices on the Deepwater Horizon rig despite their inexperience in the area b/c they were the lowest bidder; and that Massey, the operator of mines in the US, refused to spend money on safety measures, which cost lives. Corporations cut corners to increase profits. Governments and unions must provide counterbalance to ensure worker safety. I wish we had learned that lesson from the Triangle tragedy.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 05:11 PM
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I know a bunch of you have stopped by to read my post but will any of you be around tomorrow? I am heading down there around noon when my 10AM uptown ends.
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Old Mar 24th, 2011, 05:16 PM
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The deaths of all of those young immigrant women had a common cause - greed.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 02:58 PM
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We stopped at the building this afternoon to pay our respects. There was purple bunting on the 10th floor to commemorate the location where the fire started and 146 people died.

My grandmother knew two young women who died in the fire and both grandfathers grew up a mere 10 minute walk from the sight. Ours was a tribute not only to the dead but all those who came to this country without knowing what the future would bring and created a life of dignity and comfort despite all those who would deny them that right.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 04:45 PM
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Re your last sentence -- Amen, Auduchamp. My own mother is included in that group.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 05:24 PM
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Sue, NYC, let us know how the commemoration ceremony was...

I will post something after I go to the opening of the exhibit at the Fire Museum tomorrow evening.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 05:32 PM
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I live in California but have so appreciated the poignant comments, both here and in the Lounge. It weas pointed out to me there that CNN is airing a special this Saturday if anyone is interested.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 06:04 PM
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It's been a long and interesting day -- will try to get a post written tomorrow. The rally and my wandering and the event at Cooper Union wwere amazing but I couldn't stay til the end. Need some sleep. Am working early tomorrow.
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 06:36 AM
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Well - here is part one of how I spent the Anniversary day

http://thestarryeye.typepad.com/expl...d-present.html
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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SueNYC, your description of your day so far is such a nice NYC day. Lots of discoveries. I am really impressed w/the Chalk project. I like how it it so personal re info from people who died in the fire and where they lived. And how it is done every year.

Unfortunately I was really under the weather on Sat. and after working downtown all day I went back to my hotel and crashed, did not feel up to going to the opening reception at the Fire Museum. I hated to miss it. I hope if someone gets to go to the exhibit, they will post here. I may try to see it when I go back for the Tribeca Film festival at the end of April.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 06:36 PM
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I'll get to the evening event and the rest of that day soon and I will try to go to the fire museum. I am only around for the first few days of TFF and then I'm heading out of town for my father's 90th B day. More soon....loonngg day today.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:57 PM
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Finally finished my post of the rest of the day.

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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 04:49 AM
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Just bumping this up because it is the 101st anniversary this weekend.

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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Wow, I can't beleive it has been a whole year since this thread. In the last yr. I did a walking tour of Greenwich Village and we stopped at the bldg.

Thanks for topping, Sue.
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