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Panel Discussion & Choral Performance: Remarkable Women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

March 3 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm EST

12 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002

March 3, 2024 3:00 PM

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the
Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
and the Museum at Eldridge Street!

Remarkable Women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Join us in the Museum’s historic Main Sanctuary on Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm for a panel discussion about
the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster, the monumental change it inspired, and the women that led the charge.

We will also be joined by The New York City Labor Chorus, who will both open and close this program
with their powerful voices and united message of solidarity.

About this Panel Discussion:

The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to feature its current exhibition On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel, showcasing the work of artist Adrienne Ottenberg. Portraits printed on silk or cotton include a tableau of street maps depicting the Lower East Side places where these women worked and lived.

In conjunction with Ottenberg’s show, the Museum is hosting a panel discussion moderated by Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Vice President Rose Imperato, with historians and Coalition members Andi Sosin and Kevin Baker. Adrienne Ottenberg will join these esteemed speakers, and together we will mark 113 years since the March 1911 Fire.

Advance registration is preferred. There are no reserved seats.


On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel will be on view Sunday, December 3, 2023 through May 5, 2024. Come to the Museum before the program, or stay afterwards to explore the exhibit!

About the Panel Discussion Leaders:

Adrienne Ottenberg is an artist who finds that the places we live in every day are full of meaning and emotion. She hopes to reveal a fresh perspective on the familiar. For this exhibition, Ottenberg worked with watercolor, colored pencil, ink, and digital media, resulting in individual collage prints. The banners are introspective portraits of each figure, inspired by the neighborhood and how it has been mapped.

Ottenberg lives and works in New York City. After years of editorial and book illustration, she found herself creating maps, and pursued an MA in geography to learn computer mapping. She is inspired by historical maps and how we create and bring meaning to the map of our own lives.

Adrienne Andi Sosin, Ed.D. is a founding member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. She co-edited the Triangle Fire Memorial Dedication Book, Arcadia’s The New York City Triangle Factory Fire, and Organizing the Curriculum: Perspectives on Teaching the American Labor Movement.

Sosin taught Social Studies, English, and Literacy in New York City schools, and Education at Pace University, City College of New York, and Adelphi University. She serves as co-president of the Nassau Reading Council. Andi also curates the Resources page.

Kevin Baker is a historian, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright. A member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, he is proud to have written the inscription for the new monument at the site of the Fire. A writer and researcher on the Ken Burns documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust, Baker is also the author or co-author of five works of history and of six novels, including Dreamland, which was inspired by the Triangle Fire.

A contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, he has written for many major publications in the United States and Europe. Currently, he is at work on a political and cultural history of the United States between the world wars, while his latest book, The New York Game: Baseball and the Rise of a New City, will be published by Knopf this month. He lives in New York with his wife, playwright, Ellen Abrams.

Rose Imperato is a long-time member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and currently sits on its board of directors as vice chair. She is honored to be part of the decade-long effort to build the Triangle Fire Memorial to the workers and legacy of the 1911 fire. She is also employed as a special projects coordinator for the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, an organization she has been a part of since 2012.

For many years, Imperato worked as a radio broadcaster and producer in New York, Texas, and Florida. In Austin, TX, she helped produce the International Women’s Day Community Media Festival: 24 hours of radio, television, and internet programming simulcast on several regional media outlets, all produced by women about issues of interest to women. The Triangle Fire and the history of reform and activism inspired by the tragedy was a focal point of the Festival. Rose holds a master’s degree in communications and a master’s certificate in women’s studies from Syracuse University, and an undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook.

The New York City Labor Chorus, representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils, was founded in 1991 and promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. The Chorus’s dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions.

Organized labor, united with its community allies, is an irrepressible social force. This is the message of the New York City Labor Chorus.