January 12, 2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence which led to workers gaining important rights. For the 100th anniversary, Methuen resident Thomas Gradzewicz worked with Jim Beauchesne of the Lawrence History Center to create a 1/2 hour documentary “Bread & Roses 1912: The Strike Heard ‘Round the World”. In this video, Beauchesne tells the story of the strike, mixed with many archival photos and quotes from the mill owners, city officials and striking workers. “This was the most important event to ever happen in Lawrence,” Beauchesne said. “It truly was felt around the world.”

Mr. Gradzewicz began making documentaries at Methuen Community Studios when he retired from the printing business in 2005. His passion for local history led him to the project. This program won second place in the documentary category from the Alliance for Community Media’s Northeast Regional contest in 2012.

“I think that this is some of his best work,” said MCS Executive Director Karen Hayden. “He spent months working on it.”
In the spirit of comradery, Methuen Community Studios has put together a regional showing of this video on Public Access Television channels on Tuesday, January 11 at noon and 6 pm and Wednesday, January 12 at 4:30 pm and 8 pm on the following:

If you are unable to check it out at those times, it is available on demand: