Troy Night Out Event: Kate Mullany and the National Significance of a Laundry Workers’ Strike

Friday, March 31st at 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Main Library

Troy Laundry

In early 1864, a nineteen-year-old Irish immigrant named Kate Mullany organized the shirt collar laundry workers of Troy, New York, into the nation’s first truly all-female labor union. Their week-long strike yielded them a twenty-five per cent raise and vaulted Mullany to national prominence. Today, the house that she bought for her family is a National Historic Site and the home of the American Labor Studies Center, which helps educate young Americans about the history of labor in the United States. This talk will tell that story. Come join us as we celebrate National Women’s History Month.

Presented by P. Thomas Carroll. P. Thomas Carroll is a graduate of Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania, and former Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway from 1997 to 2013, and the Executive Director of RiverSpark, New York State’s First Heritage Area, from 2002 to 2013, and now the Gateway’s “Senior Scholar.

No registration necessary.