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|Laborfest: Readings: SF 1906 Rebuild & GG Bridge Construction|
|Date||Monday July 25|
|Time||6:30 PM - 8:30 PM|
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|Plumbers Hall - 1621 Market St. 2nd floor at Franklin St., San Francisco. Van Ness Metro; Civic Center BART & Muni Metro stations.|
Take It From the Workers Who Built Everything
Book readings by Bob Mattacola and Harvey Schwartz
George W. Farris Diaries: A Daily Diary of a Union Carpenter in San Francisco January 1902-1910
Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History, compiled by Harvey Schwartz
The catastrophic San Francisco 1906 earthquake brought tens of thousands of unionized building trades workers to San Francisco to rebuild the city. These critically needed workers rebuilt the city in an amazing three years.
The most important and historically significant documentary account of the rebuilding of San Francisco was by union carpenter George W. Farris. This is the only daily diary of life in San Francisco after the traumatic and historic earthquake event. United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 22, with member Bob Mattacola, who learned about the diary, have now turned this story into a book called George W. Farris Diaries: A Daily Diary of a Union Carpenter in San Francisco January 1902-1910.
Bob Mattacola will read from this diary and take questions.
Also joining the book reading will be labor historian and writer Harvey Schwartz, who will read from his book on the workers who built the Golden Gate Bridge. The book, Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History, is the story of workers who built one of the most famous icons in the world. Their stories, brought together by Schwartz, allow ironworkers, electricians, elevator constructors, laborers and others to describe their sometimes harrowing and even tragic experiences in their own words. Both books were produced by union printers and will be available at the event, which is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council and Carpenters Local 22.