Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell Professor of History, received his PhD from UMass Amherst in 1994. Before that he worked as a machinist. He co-curated “The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History,” for the Digital Public Library of America and is editor of the forthcoming The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike (2014). Recent books include: Lawrence, Massachusetts and the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike, with Susan Grabski (2013); The Big Move: Immigrant Voices From a Mill City, with Christoph Strobel, (2011); and Metal Fatigue: American Bosch and the Demise of Metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley (2009). He is on the Board of the Lawrence History Center and has worked with the Tsongas Industrial History Center on its National Endowment for the Humanities summer teachers’ residency programs. He was a discussion leader for the 2014 Reading and Discussion series.
Martha Mayo is the Director and Archivist for the UMass Lowell Center for Lowel History. She serves on the board of directors for the Lowell Historical Society. She has been involved in creating two of the Lowell books for Arcadia.
Jason T. Strunk has been a member of the Lowell Fire Department since 1997, currently serves as a lieutenant on Engine Company 7 in the city's Highlands neighborhood. He holds a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Tony Sampas is the Archivist for the Martin T. Meehan Archives at UMass Lowell and for the Lowell Historical Society. He is a frequent contributor on Richard Howe Jr.'s local blog. He was a discussion leader for the 2014 Reading and Discussion series as well. You can see his photographs on line and in Richard Howe Jr's Lowell Blog.