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Holyoke and the Connecticut River Valley Deindustrialize Text Size

Event takes place on October 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM
Holyoke Public Library 250 Chestnut Street Holyoke, MA

“WHAT WENT WRONG IN THE PLANNED INDUSTRIAL CITY? HOLYOKE AND THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY DEINDUSTRIALIZE” 
A talk by Professor Robert Forrant 

For over 150 years, hundreds of firms in the Connecticut River Valley built the world’s metalworking, textile, and paper-making machinery; cutting tools, and measuring and inspection devices. Companies in the region purchased these machines to produce rifles, carriages, rail cars, blank books, paper products, ice skates, bicycles, motorcycles, fine writing paper, and more. In his talk, Professor Forrant describes how and why the vibrant economy of Holyoke and the larger valley, which once supported thousands of workers and their families, took a turn for the worse in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Robert Forrant is the author of several books and numerous articles on industrial history and deindustrialization. He was named UMass Lowell Distinguished University Professor in 2016. Forrant, a former Holyoke resident, worked for many years as a machinist at the American Bosch plant in Springfield before its 1986 closure.
HOLYOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM
Free and open to the public


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