“Let Children be Children” is Coming to the Columbus Museum

  There was a time when you simply had to go to Atlanta to see Broadway musicals, plays, museums, or go to concerts featuring nationally or world famous performers. Not any more.  You can get it all right here in Columbus now. 

  Take the Columbus Museum, for instance. It’s loaded with intriguing exhibits and they keep changing. For instance, one is coming up on October 26th that looks interesting. It’s called “Let Children be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine’s Crusade Against Child Labor.”

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Child Laborer, Newberry, S.C. 1908, Photographed by Lewis W. Hine (Courtesy: National Archives and Records Administration)

 Hine was a sociologist who used the camera to document the conditions in which young American children worked in the early 1900’s.  Some of those pictures were taken right here in Columbus, Georgia, because Columbus cotton mills did indeed employ children in the early 1900’s.

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Child Laborers in Indiana Glass Works, Midnight, Indiana. 1908. Photographer, Lewis W. Hine (Courtesy: National Archives and Records Administration)

  You’ll be able to see some of his work, including those Columbus pictures starting October 26th and running through December 14th, 2008. And if you are a member of the museum, you’ll be able to be able to attend a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit and hear Dr’ John Lupold’s lecture “Child Labor and the Columbus Textile Industry, on Thursday, October 30th, 2008.  If  you can’t make it, you can rprobably ead about what he said on this blog, because I plan to go.  But, it’s best to be there so you might want to join the museum. It’s not real expensive and certainly worth the dues.

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