MANCHESTER -- Dartmouth Professor Annelise Orleck will discuss the tragic Triangle fire that occurred a century ago in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on April 2 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "100 Years since Triangle: The Fire that Seared a Nation's Conscience," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Talks in Manchester are hosted by Mark Skinner Library. On March 25, 1911 a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village killed 146 young workers, most of them young immigrant Jewish and Italian women. With exits locked, women leapt to their deaths while thousands watched. Half a million New Yorkers lined the funeral route and politicians vowed to change workplace safety laws. Orleck will talk about these events and their historical significance. Orleck is Professor of History at Dartmouth College, where she teaches US Political History, Women's history and the history of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration as well as Jewish studies. She is author of Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working Class Politics in the United States (1995) and Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (2005), and is co-editor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. "100 Years since Triangle" is sponsored by Keelan Family Foundation. Mark Skinner Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Cafe, and Vermont Renewable Fuels. For more information, contact the library at 802-362-2607.