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Labor Wars of the Northwest: The Struggle that Defined the Region

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in June as we welcome back author, historian, and documentarian David J. Jepsen.

On Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Jepsen will screen his recently released documentary film on the labor history of the Pacific Northwest, Labor Wars of the Northwest.  The documentary debuted February 2nd at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) as part of the city’s week-long commemoration of the Seattle Generation Strike centennial.


Labor Wars of the Northwest chronicles the cauldron of discontent, radicalism and violence that permeated the region in the early decades of the twentieth century. Following the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s, tens of thousands of workers migrated to the Northwest for jobs in logging, mining and fishing. But instead of steady work, they found poverty-level wages, crushing hours and dreadful conditions. By examining this conflict in the context of a decades-long struggle, Labor Wars of the Northwest shines new light on tragedies like the Everett Massacre (1916), the Seattle General Strike (1919) and the Centralia Massacre (1919).

The one-hour film will be followed by a 30-minute discussion and Q&A.

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

Earlier Event: June 4
Gig Harbor Literary Society