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LAOL at Hillside July 2017
Bonnie Durtnall
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LAOL at Hillside July 2017

In July 2017,  Labouring All Our Lives was fortunate to be granted a booth at Hillside Music Festival in Guelph. In this way, we were able to expand awareness of and interest in Guelph's working class and labour history. Below are a few photos, courtesy of Diane,  recording the event.  The material for the display was a combination of Museum and personal items. 

We hope to duplicate the event at Guelph's Labour Day Picnic at Riverside Park on Labour Day.

If you are in the area, do come and visit us.

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