Friday, March 25, 2011

What's Christopher Moore up to

I'm not going to be in New York today for the observances of the hundredth anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.  I was invited to speak at the conference at the Gotham Center, but we determined that they were looking for this Christopher Moore, the expert on New York history and heritage, and not me.

Wikipedia has what seems a pretty decent summary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which killed 146 workers, mostly women, mostly immigrants, who were employed on the upper floors of an industrial building in Greenwich  Village and could not escape when a fire broke out. Here is a recent New York times piece on the work of Michael Hirsch, whose historical and genealogical research has identified the last six unidentified victims of the fire.

(Photo from the NYT story.)
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