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Postponed to Sunday, October 22. At Sword’s Point: A History of Trade Unions in the Machine Tool Industry in Franklin County

September 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


Postponed to Sunday, October 22, 2-3:30 p.m. Public historian Tom Goldscheider discusses Franklin County precision steel tool manufacturing, where it was a world leader for generations. Workers organized with a democratic trade union that was targeted in a national political campaign aimed against it. This led to a peaceful confrontation in Greenfield and surrounding towns that surprised onlookers near and far. Meet in the Great Hall.

Oral History project:

Did you or someone you know work in the local machine tool industry? Your stories can help enrich this research. If you are interested in sharing your memories please introduce yourself at the At Sword’s Point event or contact the presenter at

Learn more about the project from Tom here.


September 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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