“Causing Trouble All Over the Country”: Lessons and Legacy of Pullman’s Company Town | Newberry

“Causing Trouble All Over the Country”: Lessons and Legacy of Pullman’s Company Town

Led by Sarah Buchmeier.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Three sessions. Saturdays, October 16-October 30.


In person (Newberry and off-site)

For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Please note: classes that are currently scheduled to take place in the building may switch to virtual in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Additionally, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. We will email participants with any changes the week before seminars begin.

Seminar Description

The company town of Pullman was full of “troublemakers,” from factory employees and union leaders to George Pullman himself. This seminar will peel back the layers of trouble to examine what makes Pullman’s history unique and how that history echoes in today’s discussions of labor relations. We’ll ask what front porches have to do with worker solidarity, how racist company practices could be connected to the first successful African American labor union, and how a women’s charity group found ways to resist Pullman’s domestic ideal. The seminar will culminate in a field trip to the neighborhood for a walking tour and a visit to the newly opened museum at the original Pullman factory.

Three sessions. Registration – $170

Sarah Buchmeier earned her PhD in English studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in 19th-century American literature and culture. She has been a seasonal park ranger for the Pullman National Monument since 2018.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.