|A 1908 Lewis Hine photograph of a child|
working at a loom in Newbury, South Carolina
This article is a wonderful genealogical gem, too. “The Memory Keeper” by Justin Shatwell is the story of Joe Manning, who was inspired by one image of a fourteen year old girl working at a loom in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He was able to trace her indentity, as Adeline Card, who began to work in mills at age eight. Manning was unable to stop his research until he had traced the identities and descendants of all the child laborers photographed by Hines in Winchendon. He is working on identifying other Hines laborers from all over the United States.
The article describes Manning’s dogged determination, and the results of his search for names behind the little faces in the photographs. Included is a large two page photo collage of images of Mamie Laberge, one of the child laborers, and her family and descendants. It is the sort of photo layout seen in the on line genealogy/photo magazine “Shades” or on many personal genealogy blogs. But this one is accompanied by an eight page story that is a real page turner.
“Memory Keeper” by Justin Shatwell, in Yankee Magazine, published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated, Dublin, New Hampshire, March/April issue, 2011, pages 94 – 101.
Or click here for the “Memory Keeper” article
A similar article about Joe Manning in the Smithsonian Magazine, 2006, can be read here http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/indelible-sep06.html
Joe Manning’s Lewis Hine project can be seen at
The Winchendon, Massachusetts portion of the project can be seen at
photograph courtesy of the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID nclc.01451
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo