Thursday, January 23, 2014

'Exhibit at Gateway Showcases Olin-Winchester Stories' in New Haven

NEW HAVENGateway Community College’s NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery is showing "Our Community at Winchester: An Elm City Story," according to a release.

The collection will be on display until March 21, the release said. The public is invited to an opening reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29, the release said.


The exhibit "showcases the stories of the workers at the Olin-Winchester plant, a prominent American maker of repeating firearms, which closed and left New Haven in 2006. The workers’ stories—of labor struggles, workers’ culture within the plant, and the impact of the plant on the larger community—are the basis of the exhibit," the release said.

"The exhibit is a collection of photographs and documents from the International Association of Machinists Local 609 records, held in the Greater New Haven Labor History Association’s archives, supplemented by oral history interviews with retired Winchester workers conducted by Association volunteers," the release said. " Local 609 represented workers at the plant from 1956 until its closure. Images from earlier years as well as from workers’ lives in the community are culled from personal memorabilia and employee newsletters."

For more information, contact or visit the Greater New Haven Labor History Association at or Gateway Community College at

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