Monday, June 10, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building on Wednesday, July 24th entitled The Radium Girls: the ghosts with glowing halos. Shellie Karol-Chik, president of OBHS, will present the lecture.

Beginning in 1916, girls as young as 11 were hired to paint watch faces and aircraft dials for WWI airplanes with glow-in-the-dark paint. Unknowingly, the girls were subjected regularly to the radioactive radium contained in the paint they used, and within years would become victims to its lethal effects. Dying young, these women would leave behind more than their young children and winnowed husbands – they would leave an enduring legacy and save thousands, if not millions, of lives.

The program, which begins at 7 p.m., will focus on the “Radium Craze” of the early 1900’s, the struggle of these women to be recognized as victims of industrial poisoning, and the companies’ attempts to discredit them.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all. A $5 donation is suggested.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. The OBHS Memorial Building is located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

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