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Join local writer Doug Stewart for an illustrated lecture about America’s first industrial labor force: the “mill girls” of New England. In the 1830s and 1840s, thousands of young women, including Beverly's own Lucy Larcom, flocked to new cotton mills in cities along the Merrimack River. This bonnet-wearing work force, comprised mostly of single farm girls, was until then the largest gathering in history of women without men. At a time when wage-earning women were a rarity, these female mill workers helped undercut America's male-dominated status quo in the 19th century, and set the stage for the women's rights movement. The lecture is part of Beverly Public Library's Monday Mornings lecture series, which takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room at 32 Essex St. Light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Robin at 978-921-6062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peabody Institute Library presents the fourth concert in its annual fall series, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Jazz singer Neha and jazz pianist Evan Allen take listeners on a musical journey from the early 1930s to the heart of the swing era. This evening's program is interspersed with ballads and up-tempo tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Chet Baker. For more information, visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Blue Heron vocal ensemble will perform under the direction of Scott Metcalfe at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Salem State University, located at 71 Loring Ave. in Salem. The ensemble will perform French songs from the Renaissance period. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at www.salemstatetickets.com, 978-542-6365, or at the door. Visit www.salemstate.edu/arts for details.