Life and Labor at The Gables

August 28, 2019 Published By Julie Arrison-Bishop

In 2017, we spent our year researching the role that “work” has played on our historic site over four centuries. As Labor Day approaches, we invite you to take a look back at our interactive exhibition 

“As the house passed through generations, new forms of labor shaped the neighborhoods around it. The period following independence from Great Britain saw Salem’s commerce expand across the globe. This expansion and new opportunity for profit required innovative types of work. The Industrial Revolution in America changed life and work in unexpected ways at the turn of the nineteenth century, just as the Digital Revolution continues to change today with advances in computer and internet technology.”

For many, Labor Day is about the one-last-summer-hurrah. We’d encourage you to think about those who worked over the years in your community. Talk about the jobs they had? Were they paid? Were they paid fairly? What were their working conditions like? It’s a great day to open up the conversation.

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This post was written by Julie Arrison-Bishop