DC LABORFEST: HISTORY
Celebrating Labor Arts
Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the DC LaborFest features a wide-ranging selection of events about work, workers and workers’ issues.
AFL-CIO HEADQUARTERS TOUR: Fri, May 3, 12p
DC LABOR HISTORY WALKING TOUR: Sat, May 11, 11a
FDR AND LABOR: Sun, May 5, 6p
THE INCREDIBLE LIFE AND DEATH OF IBEW FOUNDER HENRY MILLER (NEW): Sat, June 1, 11a
MWC labor archives project: Thursday, May 16, 11:00am – 1:00pm: RESCHEDULED TO June 11!
LABOR AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY: Wed, May 22, 12p
LABOR HISTORY TODAY PODCAST: KEEP MAKING HISTORY! (NEW): FRI, May 17, 12p
SAM GOMPERS MEMORIAL/AFL HQ (NEW!): Sat, May 4, 11a
TAKOMA TRIVIA: THE LABOR EDITION: Mon, May 20, 7:30p
MOST EVENTS ARE FREE; See below for detailed event write-ups and links to purchase tickets or RSVP.
Fri, May 3, 12p – 1p; AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington DC
FREE but you must RSVP online here
This guided tour features stunning mosaics of marble, glass and gold that pay tribute to America's working families at the headquarters of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 56 national and international unions. Also included in the tour: a historic Ralph Fasanella painting, lobby artwork and displays honoring key figures in American labor history.
NEW DATE! Tuesday, June 11, 11am, Meany Labor Archives (UMD)
RSVP: [email protected], or call 202-262-0773
Retirees: test your facial recognition skills and contribute to labor's local story! That’s the call and challenge from Kathleen McKirchy, the retired Executive Director of the Community Services Agency. “The Metro Washington DC labor council has donated its historical archives to the University of Maryland and they’re in the process of scanning, sorting, and digitizing everything,” McKirchy explains. “Included in the materials we sent are a lot of old photos from the 1940's through the 1970's, and we need some help identifying folks in these photos.” McKirchy, in conjunction with the Archives and the DC LaborFest, is organizing a meeting at the Archives on Thursday, May 16 at 11am to start going through the photos. “We’re looking for volunteers who were around ‘back in the day’ who might know some of these folks,” says McKirchy. “Because this is the DC labor council, many of the photos include national and international union folks and politicians, so we’re not just looking for people with a local labor council familiarity.” For more details or to RSVP; contact [email protected], or call 202-262-0773.