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Lowell Lecture

The Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Labor and the Molasses Flood

Date & Time

Feb. 28, 2019 at 6 p.m.


Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Driving Directions


A Panel Discussion with Stephen Puleo, Robert Forrant, and moderator Karilyn Crockett

Presenting Organization

Revolutionary Spaces




Kelsey (, 6174826439)

After the collapse of an industrial tank of molasses left a North End neighborhood devastated, a legal battle for reparations ensued, prompting questions about the role and responsibilities of businesses within a community. Using the Molasses Flood as an historical backdrop, this panel will explore questions around labor rights and safety, the function of government regulations, and the relationship between the public and big business interests; issues that still resonate today as modern Bostonians grapple with a changing corporate landscape and city-wide gentrification. 6:00 program. Reception begins at 5:30.
Book Sales and Signing of Stephen Puleo’s Dark Tide (100th Anniversary Edition) will follow the program. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration required through the Massachusetts Historical Society at or (617) 646-0578. Part of the Series 100 Years Later: The Great Molasses Flood Revisited Co-Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Massachusetts Historical Society This series is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. These programs are funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Old South Meeting House is accessible for visitors using wheelchairs. Assistive listening system is available. Old South Meeting House is committed to accessibility for all visitors and has been designated as an UP Organization by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Access questions? Call us at 617-482-6439