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Brown Bag explores 1967 strike

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:34 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Fortunately, Sycamore has a history of good labor relationships between local industry and its employees. In 1967-68, however, a strike at Anaconda lasted for eight months.

At a Sycamore History Museum Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, June 7, Rosemary Feurer, Ph.D., will explore the history of strikes in Illinois and how they impact the local community. Former Anaconda employees will also share their stories of the strike.

“The Anaconda strike was unique in that is lasted so long. This is a complex topic that we felt could not be addressed within the confines of our exhibit,” said Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the museum.

“Dr. Feurer, as a labor historian, has graciously agreed to discuss this topic putting it into a larger context. Then, the former employees will provide their perspective related to the Anconda strike. We are very thankful to have this talk, along with several others throughout the summer, sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council.”

This event complements the exhibit, “Why Sycamore Works,” currently on display at the Sycamore History Museum. The display looks at the who, where, what and how of Sycamore industry.

Brown Bag lunches are held on the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. The June talk will begin at noon at the Sycamore History Museum. Coffee and cookies will be provided. There is no charge for the program, but donations are welcome.

For more information visit sycamorehistory.org or call 815-895-5762.

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