Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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very good detailed web site info – Corbin, 2068 Marietta AVE (44429) Lake Milton   30 Oct 2014

Very informative. Thanks for documenting such a devastating, but historically influential tragedy. – Alicia Venchuk, Ann Arbor   30 Oct 2014

Wow, great post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more. – DonnerbergKr, Malta   29 Oct 2014

Isaac Harris, the man with the gray suit who Partiall owned this place, there is a girl on his left shoulder, looking to the right, on one of the primary source documents pictures, they say they must have been visitors, what was her name? – M.D.M, G.R Michigan   28 Oct 2014

very informing – dnickel, evans ga   25 Oct 2014

There never should've been such an issue like this. I don't see how anyone could live with such a disaster. Especially the owners of the company that got out immediately, not even thinking about their employees. – Shelby R. Bourke, Hookstown, Pa   20 Oct 2014

Thank you for making this information open and available to all! I went to NYU and recall with sadness the yearly memorial to all the factory workers who perished in the fire. My favorite part of April is when volunteers write the names of the the dead outside their tenements across the city. Such a powerful way to keep the people alive. – Brooke Young, East Village, New York, NY   19 Oct 2014

Just saw the 'American Experience' documentary for 2nd time - Thank you for keeping this remembrance going so that the significance of this tragedy should not be lost - Any time I find myself complaining about my boring desk job I need to remember these courageous hard working people and what they suffered thru and sacrificed so I can have the LUXURY of that complaint. My grandmother was born in 1912. My great-grandparents were immigrants - essentially these could be 'our' relatives. Their suffering has lead to our protective rights. I recall a quote - cannot remember the speaker: "The arc of humanity always bends toward JUSTICE". – Michael Guenard, Mt.Prospect, Illinois   16 Oct 2014

Love the website! I learned a lot from it about the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire. Its hard to read about...:( – Lauren J. , Memphis, Tennessee   5 Mar 2014

Thank you so much for putting together such a magnificent website. This story is a tragic one and my heart goes out to those that were touched by this devastation. – Erin Berry, Arkansas   1 Mar 2014

May God bless and give those who died rest. We who remember their deaths must stay vigilant. Never again! – Charles R. Hurley, Brooklyn, NY   28 Feb 2014

Just saw the 'American Experience' documentary for 2nd time - Thank you for keeping this remembrance going so that the significance of this tragedy should not be lost - Any time I find myself complaining about my boring desk job I need to remember these courageous hard working people and what they suffered thru and sacrificed so I can have the LUXURY of that complaint. My grandmother was born in 1912. My great-grandparents were immigrants - essentially these could be 'our' relatives. Their suffering has lead to our protective rights. I recall a quote - cannot remember the speaker: "The arc of humanity always bends toward JUSTICE". – Christina S., Lincoln Park, NJ   28 Feb 2014

My father was a firefighter for 54 years. I grew up in a household where I watched with great interest as my father dashed out into the night to goodness-knows-what. This fostered in me a great admiration for firefighters and an even greater compassion for those to whom life dealt these tragic blows. Even before the internet, I spent much time researching such tragic events as the Iroquois Theater Fire, the Hartford Circus Fire, the Cocoanut Grove Fire, and of course, that of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. I wanted to know the victims' names so that they were not forgotten and lost to history. All this being said, I want to thank the authors, editors, and researchers for this site. You have added so much to my previous information and have helped to keep the victims alive in our memories. Thank you again. – DH, Greenville, SC   28 Feb 2014

this tragedy piques my interest because everyone of this women tried to make a better life for themselves in the US and they all died horribly – stephen didovich, brooklyn   27 Feb 2014

I just seen a documentary on TV. I wanted to learn a little more about this tragedy. I searched for Sarah Cooper one of the workers who jumped out of the building, survived but later died days after. And that's how I came across to your website where you pictured her tombstone. Scrolling through your other photos, I was very moved. Such a terrible tragedy, but I'm glad labor laws were put into affect to improve working conditions. I remember this Triangle Factory Fire in college when I was studying about OSHA standards. Thank you for recognizing those who died and those who survived and letting the community remember this tragic event that was a great lesson to all. – Bella Bates, Honolulu, HI   26 Feb 2014

Thank you so much for making this! This helped me so much for NHD! – Pj, Colorado Springs   25 Feb 2014

This was such an eye opener for me, and even though I read on this subject prior to this point, this website truly gave me a clearer picture on just how horrific this was. – Kate López, Southampton, PA   25 Feb 2014

This has helped me a great deal with the cycle of poetry I'm writing about triangle for my poetry class- the information about how long people had lived in the states and where they lived was a great resource for getting to know them as more than just a list of names. I'm grateful for the work you have done. – Antonietta DeFazio May, Rexburg, Idaho   24 Feb 2014

that was tragic – chris royce , arkansas   24 Feb 2014

why was this fire so significant? – T, PA   23 Feb 2014

This website was a AWESOME resource for my NHD project. By using quotes from the interviews posted here and pictures from the albums, I was able to complete my website (not without proper credit, of course). Thanks so much Cornell! – CJ, Iowa   22 Feb 2014

I am so glad i chose this topic for my history fair project. I learn something new every time i read about this horrific event. – Carina Lopez, Texas   20 Feb 2014

I am surprised so many people, including myself, have never heard of this tragic event. – CM, Joplin, MO   19 Feb 2014

Great website! – Logan Cline, Athens, GA   16 Feb 2014

I am so moved by the plight of American workers, and the terrible loss of lives in the Triangle Fire. I was given this topic as an assignment for a history course, and will never forget this lesson. – Jamie E. Chapple, Ct   15 Feb 2014

I've always known about the fire and I have seen movies and read articles today I discovered while doing genealogy my sister died in the fire. – PHS, Connecticut   15 Feb 2014

Great info Sad to hear the stories It's tragic – diana, colorado springs   13 Feb 2014

sad – ccooldude, ny   13 Feb 2014

This website is so helpful especially since we're learning about it in English now. Thank you so much for all the information. I'm so sorry to all that died in this tragedy. – Sydney Sennett, NH   12 Feb 2014

Loved the information and context and they story is a great addition to the importance of labour las – Trellis scruggs, Jacksonville ,fl   11 Feb 2014

unbelievable – mc, nj   6 Feb 2014

This is such a sad story. However, It did bring to light the horrible conditions under which these ladies worked.Their legacy will live forever…and workers in the US are protected directly because of this tragedy. Excellent presentation. – MACON, DALLAS,TEXAS   3 Feb 2014

Deeply moving. Gave me a new understanding of what my ancestors lives were like. I will remember these ladies every time I use my sewing machine now. Thank you so much. – Kristin, Albany, Western Australia   2 Feb 2014

sad it took this to get unions – drm, union mo   1 Feb 2014

So glad to see names added for the 6 unidentified victims. I had thought that even if they were not recognizable, surely their names could be known by who was missing from the factory after the fire. – Ann, Milwaukee   31 Jan 2014

using video for student awareness – ray skulte, peoria il   29 Jan 2014

this story really broke my heart but the information is really great and i pray for all of the extended family of those who were killed in this terrible tragedy. – Adryonna Ashley, Jacksonville , fl   29 Jan 2014

Thank you so much for compiling such a moving, informative, and thorough web site! The interviews of the survivors and primary source pictures capture what dry prose of traditional history books have not. This is an invaluable resource for educators and a living memorial to the the victims. – Tracey Daugherty, Pittsburgh, PA   28 Jan 2014

Fantastic site for educators. The primary resources are great. Such a tragic tale of the costs of capitalism. Thank you for this site. – Qiana Williams, Syracuse NY   28 Jan 2014

This Helped Me With My S.S HW A LOT – Azeem, Washingtonville, NY   25 Jan 2014

I watched part of the pbs special on this event in history class and it hits home. I lost two very good friends, one who was like an older sister, in a fire due to there being no fire safety devices or warnings in the old barn they rented, it was 2007 and I was 9. I hope one day a tv series is done, following the events of this from the strike to the death of the last survivor. It would bring the biggest wake up call to America about what can happen again. Even more if they make the series as accurate the the events that took place as they possibly can get, matching the terror, pain, and commitment these girls went through. – Rebecca, America, northeast   25 Jan 2014

Varry sad and i cry3d – plox, the moon   24 Jan 2014

terrible thank god for the ilgwu – r c, new york   24 Jan 2014

I am writing a speech about this tradgedy. This site was so helpful!! I learned so much. I cried. Thank you for doing this. – Ava, Owatonna, MN   24 Jan 2014

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I am writing a speech about this tradgedy. This site was so helpful!! I learned so much. I cried. Thank you for doing this. – Ava, Owatonna, MN   22 Jan 2014

this is so sad, im glad things have changed, it warms my aging soul – Phoebe and sydney, Vermont   22 Jan 2014

Informative site, Thank you for making it available. I am humbled and have new respect for the sacrifices my ancestors of this country have endured so, We can have a safe opportunity at the American Dream. – Brandi, San Antonio Texas   22 Jan 2014

Get site to help better understand this event. – Anna Lee , Atlanta, Ga   22 Jan 2014

I can't thank you enough for making thi information available. I write with tears in my eyes. You have helped to close a chapter in the book of our family history.SERAFINA and TERASINA SARACINO were my grandmothers sisters. My father was 2 yeaes old when this tragedy happened and only 8 years old when his mother died. The details about his aunts were sketchy because grandpa, even many years later, found it hard to talk about it. My husband took a class at NYU in the "room" they said this happened in (?) heartfully grateful to you all – antoinette scicutella battista, mt. pleasant, sc   21 Jan 2014

Amazing site, I learned so much for my topic: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (for NHD) – Kailee Shermak, Minnesota   19 Jan 2014

No one deserved that kind of treatment and working conditions. – Kailee Shermak, Minnesota   19 Jan 2014

RIP – c.s, mesa   18 Jan 2014

bad..real bad – casey brooks, texas   17 Jan 2014

it changed so many peoples lives. :( – delaney, columbus, AL   16 Jan 2014

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