Erector Square: Manufacturing Community

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December 19, 12 – 1:30
New Haven Manufacturers' Association Luncheon
at the Eli Whitney Museum
Luncheon: $15, Small Kitchen, Big Taste
Reservations Required

The Eli Whitney Museum is celebrating the centennial of the Erector Set. The NHMA has been celebrating its own centennial. Those histories converge at Erector Square. A.C. Gilbert built iconic learning toys and appliances in Fair Haven. He also built a work force that was capable, flexible and intensely loyal.

Douglas W. Rae is the Richard S. Ely Professor of Political Science and Management at the Yale School of Management. His book, City: Urbanism & Its End (©2003) looks at the social geography that shaped manufacturers in New Haven like the A.C. Gilbert Company. Professor Rae will speak on the dynamics that made New Haven a good place to make things.

Support from Connecticut at Work, an initiative of the Connecticut Humanities, made the Erector Set at 100: What to Make of It? possible.

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