Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

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I really thought this sight was interesting. It provided me with so much information and history about out country! – Sarah Huoy, New Hampshire   8 May 2003

A film should be made of this terrible of tragedies. Fantastic web site. May the victims be in the presence of the Almighty Creator. SHEM HOTEP. – Graylin, California   30 Apr 2003

this was helpful to our project (history day) beyond belelief (the truth is out there) we are in the state finals now thank you is not enough. we love you. we are your biggest fans and GOD BLESS THE TRIANGLE PEOPLE – abbey and becca, alabama   27 Apr 2003

The Triangle Factory Fire of 1911 really intrigued my interest as it reminded me a lot like the 9/11 tragedies and how victims plunged to their deaths as alternative of not being burned to death. This is a horrible reality for many and to find out that sweatshops still exist today is even more horrifying. – Onice E.W. Ming, Los Angeles, CA   27 Apr 2003

I'm a great triangle fan and this hurts me alot. I'm originally from Holland but im now traveling with an artistic triangle group trough Europe. The loss of all the traingles is really terrible. Respect for all. Cool site by the way – Thomas B., Scotland   23 Apr 2003

The world's worst industrial tragedy occurred in Thailand on May 10, 1993,when 188 workers, mostly young women died in a factory making Bart Simpson, Mickey Mouse, and other toys for export. Unlike the Triangle disaster, the one in Thailand, did not spark reforms, even though the workers were all making things for the global economy. Search Kader Fire for details. – Robert A. Senser, Reston, Va.   22 Apr 2003

As was many times the case, it took a tragedy to spark reform-very sad – Dale R. Leonard, PA   21 Apr 2003

As a professional in the commercial door and hardware industry I teach many classes on fire and life safety codes. This site does an excellent job of showing the many sides of this tragedy. Even today we are still working to improve the construction of buildings in order to make them safer for the people who inhabit them, but we will never forget the people who unnecessarily perished in this fire. Thank you for this site, it is well done and very educational. – Katie Flower AHC/CDC, Burlington, VT   17 Apr 2003

my eyes were tansfixed on the page as i saw the true horor of that historical moment – TW, AL-Madison   12 Apr 2003

This is a great site for information. As a firefighter I can only hope I don't ever see any thing as bad as this. – Jim, Wethersfield, ct   11 Apr 2003

We were doing a project for world sudies and this is a tragic story that should have never happened. – SB, Wisconsin   11 Apr 2003

this is a trajic fire that took many lives...horrible – NL, Providence   7 Apr 2003

This site rocks!!!!!!!! – MO, providence   7 Apr 2003

I visited your site today after learning from my father that apparently 3 of our relatives died in the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. I am currently an NYU student as well, and I have walked past the Brown Building hundreds of times, usually barely giving what happened there it a thought. However, your site helped to personalize the tragedy for me and remind me of its horror. It's something I won't forget. – Julie Saracino, NYC   4 Apr 2003

We've certainly made progress, but we're not there yet. – Roy Povall, Jackson, MS   3 Apr 2003

What a wonder site and what a wonderful tribute to those who perished. I knew of this fire since I was a child. My grandfather (Christian Parry) worked at the factory. I don't know if he was there that day. I want to pass this information on to his great grandchildren to help them understand as so many time history like this is not taught in our schools. Thank you, thank you, thank you. – Karen Karsseboom, Baltimore Maryland   3 Apr 2003

interesting. – mazy, d.c.   31 Mar 2003

A martyrdom that will never be forgotten for the sake of off workers. – JCE, NV   31 Mar 2003

This site is a great memorial to those who perished back in 1911. While those who may have been responsible escaped judgment back at the turn of the 20th century, history and posterity can evaulate their actions and decide their innocence or guilt through the perspective of time. – William J. Ruotolo, Rhode Island   30 Mar 2003

Am preparing to bring the account of this horrid tragedy up to date in a forthcoming novel entitled: Without Warning: The Triangle Shirt Factory Tragedy. Proceeds will be given to various charities with connections tothis event.There is no greater drama in our social history as human beings than the unnnecessary slaughter of these innocent and trusting workers! – Edwin Vogt, Little Falls, NY   30 Mar 2003

This is the 2nd castrophy thats come to my attention recently; the other being the citizenship denial of the Chinese people in the USA in the last century and the first half of the 20th century. Both incidents were to groups of AMERICANS. – Rodney L. Jones, Clover, Utah   27 Mar 2003

Thank you for remembering, and for telling the story. – Shirlane Cole, Rockaway Township, NJ   26 Mar 2003

We have been studying this fire in my "Ethnic America" class at St. Joe's University in Philadelphia. My mother is from Brooklyn and just recently told me that her best friend's 2 aunts had died in this fire. Their names are not on the list of victims and her friend has since passed away. Mom talks to her friend's son about once a year and will try to find out the aunt's names. I will send them to you as soon as we get the information. So young, a true tragedy. – JNS, Collingswood, NJ   26 Mar 2003

Such a tragedy. This story chilled me to the bone. The progress of reform sometimes is high. – Jason R. Burk, Arizona City, Arizona   26 Mar 2003

Thank you for your site. – Ben R Wallace, Texas   25 Mar 2003

Today, let's take a moment to say a pray for these brave women who become tragic victims of this fire because of the greed of their employers which still exist today in many of our corporations. – SLT, Sacramento, CA   25 Mar 2003

Many of the sweatshops in my city have closed and work has shifted to the Middle and Far East ofr Cental America. Still, there are women here who labor at their sewing machines for long hours and for low or sometimes no pay. I think of them as I walk or drive to work. I think of the Triangle fire and of all my sisters who sit at machines. Solidarity and love, women. We shall prevail. – Carol Tarlen, San Francisco   25 Mar 2003

Absolutely, utterly, appalling! RIP all. – Philip HUghes, England   25 Mar 2003

I had never heard of this event before seeing it on "this Day in History" site. Your website is extremely well done and has given me an insight into the plight of the factory worker at that time. Thank you! – Dan, St. Louis, MO   25 Mar 2003

It was sad. – Megan and Jen, Columbia, SC   24 Mar 2003

I first learned of this fire in 1961. A friend of my grandmother knew someone who was killed in this tragedy and was going to a rememberance ceremony in March, 1961. Every March 25th, I remember this incident and say a prayer for the victims. – James Duffy, Ashland, MA   21 Mar 2003

I live in RI. we have just had a fire in a club which took about a 100 lives,it is a shame that something like this has to take place before changes are made.this is why we must never forget those who lost there lives .thank you for your web site. well done .thank you and best regards Ray – Raymond. st. pierre, woonsocket, RI   20 Mar 2003

I had to do a project in history class about the Industrial Rev when I came across this web site. Its a great web site that provided me with a lot of information. And wow, what a tragedy. I can't believe I haven't learned about this intll now. – B.G., Aurora, ill   20 Mar 2003

I first learned of this tragedy as a kid from my mother. Her father knew a man whose 2 daughters died in the blaze and our grandfather marched along with thousands in the funeral and protest march a week after the fire. Our grandmother was still in Russia then but her relatives on Henry St. on the Lower Eastside wrote to her about it. They ran some sort of lunchroom on Henry St. and my guess is that they knew survivors and or victims. For those wondering its location, the building is now part of NYU's campus (Washington Place and Greene St. just east of Washington Square Park). There's a plaque on the building commemorating the fire. – Fred Popper, Cambridge, Ma   19 Mar 2003


good site!!!! – becky bennett, morhead city north carolina   19 Mar 2003

this site is soo cool, its good for my project – Eddy Codron, Uranus   19 Mar 2003

CKP-- If you need information, please be more specific about your paper topic, and provide an e-mail address we can send our response to. – Kheel Center staff, Ithaca, NY   18 Mar 2003

I am doing a research paper, and I need info. – CKP, WA, USA   18 Mar 2003

Dear Alfred, Thank you for your comments regarding credit for cartoons displayed in the Triangle Fire web exhibit. While we have made every effort to identify and give credit to the artists whose work is exhibited, many photographs and cartoons are unattributed. Most of the displayed cartoons were taken from newspaper articles of the day which, like today, rely on the signature to convey their creator’s identity. In the cartoons included here, the names are either incomplete or illegible, and therefore we are unable at this time to provide accurate information. Each signature is available on the drawing for your inspection. – Kheel Center Staff, Ithaca, NY   12 Mar 2003

you also neglected to show my comment on the comment page, which i am sure you will do with this one as well. if any of you careless prats are reading my IMPORTANT comments, then I'm just here to let you know that this is a fair warning. Not citing your sources is ILLEGAL. You are facing up to a $65,000 fine and 10 years imprisonment without parole. goodday. -alfred – i'm back., wisconsin   11 Mar 2003

you neglected to cite the author of the political cartoons used in this website. I am very dissapointed and will not return until the error has been corrected. This is lawsuit material. I suggest you do something about it. thank you. -alfred – alfred, wisconsin   11 Mar 2003

It's site that shows the great historical events that happened in the United States.Alot Information I've never seen before.The tragic held in march 25,1911 made huge changes in the U.S and ofcourse in N.Y.I've gotten important information that i need to know from this artistic Web-Site – Bisharat, Queens   8 Mar 2003

The information is credible and is collected from first person recollections and stories. – A. Guidotti, Friday Harbor, WA   7 Mar 2003

This was a wonderful site with all the info i was looking for... – SS, US   5 Mar 2003

A *wonderful* site. Fantastically informative, great primary materials. More people should be aware of the cultural significance of this event, and its unfortunate similarities to today's events. – Gabriel Meister, Manhattan   3 Mar 2003

I just read a very interesting article stating that out of 190 workers, Rose Goldstein was among the minority of those who survived. The infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on Saturday, March 25, 1911, claimed the lives of 146 immigrant workers present. Because it had been Sabbath, Rose Goldstein was not there. She had been threatened with the lost of her job, but held to her Sabbath observance and lived. The article is "The Shabbat that kept Rose" and may be found at – AHB, Brooklyn, NY   27 Feb 2003

this web site is incredible. i love history. it is so much fun!!! – zac wilson, houston   25 Feb 2003

its a tragedy, how human life was of less value then buisness. – katherine bonilla, paterson, n.j.   25 Feb 2003

I would like to visit the site of this tragedy, to pray and honor those lost. As a union member,American federation of Teachers, I remeber hearing of this event while I was in parochial school. I have tried to locate the site but could not find it. I would appreciate directions. Thank you. Ted – Ted Rzepski, West Hartford CT   23 Feb 2003

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