1919 Centralia Tragedy Chronicled in Documentary Film at Chehalis Theater

Submitted by: Lewis County Historical Museum

A century ago, Northwest cities roiled with labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights, but no more so than in Lewis County when on November 11, 1919, the Centralia Tragedy rocked the region and drew attention nationwide.

That cauldron of radicalism and violence is chronicled in the documentary film “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” showing October 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chehalis Theater. The screening is the first of several events, sponsored by the Lewis County Historical Museum and the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Labor Council, commemorating the centennial from November 9, 1911.

Lewis County Historical Museum Labor WarsTickets, available for purchase in advance or at the door, are priced at $7 for the public, and free for students with identification.  Following the film, Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and edited “Labor Wars,” will lead a discussion and answer audience questions.

“Labor Wars of the Northwest” examines labor conflict in the context of a decades-long struggle that began with the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s and permeated throughout the region. It shines new light on tragedies like the Centralia Tragedy and the Seattle General Strike.

For information call the Lewis County Historical Museum at 360-748-0831.

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