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United Shoe Tour at the Cummings Center
December 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Back by popular demand! Join Abby Battis for a walk through the Cummings Center for a history of the United Shoe Machine Corporation. In 1903 Beverly became the site of the United Shoe Machinery Corporation (USMC), a company that designed and manufactured machines for making shoes. The machines were distributed worldwide. In its heyday the “Shoe” employed more than 7,000 workers. The factory on Elliott Street was for many years one of the largest reinforced concrete buildings in the world. In the First World War the company sent trailers with resoling machines to France; they were able to resole 400 pairs of combat boots in a day.
Meet at the corner of Acapulco’s Restaurant. $5/free for members