• Following Local History to the Hopewell Library

    I met a couple last week who traveled to Hopewell searching for information about a strike during the 1930s. They didn’t know much, but they had remembered their mother telling stories of a strike where she worked somewhere in Hopewell during the 1930s. They had set aside the whole day to find out where she lived, where she worked, and what the city looked like during her time in Hopewell.

    As a big fan of The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Collection housed on the second floor of the Hopewell Library, I was fairly familiar with the Tubize Artificial Silk Company’s strike in Hopewell during the Summer of 1934.

    I set up a meeting for the couple with Jeanie Langford, who is the Hopewell Library’s Local History Room Assistant Librarian & Archivist, and send them on their way to uncover their mother’s history.  Jeanie helped the couple find the address of their mother’s house (that is still standing today!) and showed them many pictures of what Hopewell looked like during the 1930s!

    I decided to do my own research on Tubize Artificial Silk Company and came across this great picture!

    Did you know that Hopewell's Tubize Artificial Silk Company, a Belgian-based rayon manufacturer, sponsored several bands including the Tubize Royal Hawaiian Orchestra?

    Let the Hopewell Prince George Visitor Welcome Center be your first stop when following history! We are happy to help you contact local resources to further your family research and can even help with the research process.