When history meets genealogy

Two of the “helpers” in the Tifton Cotton Mill, Tifton, Ga. They worked regularly in 1909. Hine identified 8-year-old worker Eddie Lou Young, right. (LEWIS HINE (Courtesy of morningsonmaplestreet.com)

From 1908 until 1924, Lewis Hine chronicled the plight of American child laborers, and his pictures shaped the nation’s laws. Hine took over 5,000 photographs of child laborers, and those pictures helped persuade legislators—and the general public—to support laws to prohibit child labor.

For more than a decade, author and historian Joe Manning has been researching those photos, available at the Library of Congress website. Hine’s captions helped identify the names, and Manning set out to find out what happened after those photos were taken.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Manning will present his findings at a meeting of the Southington Genealogical Society.

Since 2005, Manning has been carefully and persistently researching the lives of the children in Hine’s photos. Manning has identified the children and contacted and interviewed the descendants—sons, daughters and grandchildren.

Joe Manning

The Lewis Hine Project has written histories about how the lives of the child workers turned out, and their legacies.

In his presentation, the former Connecticut resident will talk about his research, show some of the Hine photographs, and share some of his most compelling stories. All of Manning’s more than 300 stories can be seen on his website at MorningsOnMapleStreet.com.

The meeting will be held in the second floor community room at The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart St. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

There is no admission charge and no obligation to become a member. No reservations are necessary. The facility is handicapped accessible with an elevator.

The Southington Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization located in central Connecticut that promotes the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history.

The society regularly meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except December.

For more information, contact southingtongenealogicalsociety@gmail.com or visit www.southingtongenealogicalsociety.org  

Leave a Reply