‘Rosie the Riveter Revisited’ a highlight of labor history concert at museum



Uptown Village — Which side were they on?

No question about it — the singing-along, standing-room-only crowd that turned out for a March 15 “Songs of Labor History” concert at the Clark County Historical Museum was practically ready to march out the door and rally after getting all riled up by performers Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher, aka “Rebel Voices,” and former Library of Congress folklorist Joe Hickerson.

The concert varied from humble old-world work songs to the union rallying cries of 20th century America; one show-stopper was “Rosie the Riveter Revisited,” by native Washingtonian Linda Allen, which gave voice to the anger of women who worked as shipyard welders but were abruptly dismissed once the war was over.

An exhibit of local labor history will be on display at the museum, 1511 Main St., all year. Visit cchmuseum.org.

The concert was sponsored by Northwest Heritage Resources via a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.