Guide to the Lorena Showers papers
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Collection number: HMC-0221.
Creator: Showers, Lorena.
Title: Lorena Showers papers.
Volume of collection: 12.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of HERE union and senior citizen issues activist.
Lorena Williams was born in Iowa. She married Roydon Showers in 1924. After living in Minnesota for several years, they moved to Juneau in 1940 and then to Anchorage in 1941. Lorena Showers worked as a waitress in Anchorage and became an active member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Union. Showers is often referred to as the “Grand Lady of Labor.” She negotiated the first union health program in Alaska in 1952, and served as one of the trustees of the program. Showers also helped negotiate a pension program between the union and various employers. In addition, Lorena Showers served on the Employment Security Commission Advisory Council and was an advocate for senior citizen issues and rights. She served on committees and boards of Older Persons Action Group (OPAG), Anchorage Senior Center; Anchorage Pioneer Home; the Senior Citizen Project Council; Governor’s Advisory Committee on Aging; Anchorage Municipal Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission; the 1981 White House Conference on Aging; the Borough Advisory on aging; and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Sourdough chapter 533. For all her work, Showers has received numerous awards and accolades. In addition to advocating for union and senior citizen righsts, Showers wrote two books, Fifty Years in Alaska, A Union Member’s Story: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local Union 878, and Here Come the Showers, about her husband.