The Olin-Winchester plant closed and left New Haven in 2006, but the stories of its workers throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries have yet to be told. These stories of labor struggles, workers’ culture within the plant, and the impact of the plant on the larger community are the basis of the exhibit. The core of the exhibit comes from photographs and documents from the International Association of Machinists Local 609 records held in the Labor History Association’s archives, supplemented by oral history interviews with retired Winchester workers conducted by Association volunteers. Local 609 represented workers at the plant from 1956 until its closure. Images from earlier years as well as from workers’ lives in the community are culled from personal memorabilia and employee newsletters.



Our Mission

The mission of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association is to collect, preserve, and share the history of working people in the Greater New Haven Area.

Who We Are

A membership-based organization comprised of individuals and organizations with an interest in labor history. A forum for discussing labor history and a central resource for the Greater New Haven area. An educational resource and a historical archive center for records pertaining to our local labor history. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization

What We Do

Create traveling exhibits and install them in community venues. Preserve and maintain an archival repository of individuals' papers and local union records, documents and artifacts of historical significance. Organize public events such as workshops, walking tours, book-signings, film festivals, talks by esteemed labor historians and the GNHLHA Annual Meeting. Offer Records Inventory Services and access by appointment to many of our historical archives. Conduct projects such as oral history interviews with retired workers. Present the August Lewis Troup Award annually to individuals in recognition of their personal contributions to the labor community

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