A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
To support communal feelings, a nation must seek to preserve certain cherished institutions as well as engage in creative innovation; it must value collective responsibility as well as individual incentive; it must espouse goals over and above those of economic self-aggrandizement. If a commitment to the ends of economic individualism prevented Americans from adopting these views, this commitment constituted an even stronger barrier to the political aspects of community. Government could act as a transmitter and protector of communal values only if the people were willing to invest it with the authority necessary to accomplish these tasks. …
—Political Science Scholar Mason Drukman on Community and Government in “Community and Purpose in America” (1971)
F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture & Dinner Discussion, April 7, 5.30 pm, reception; 6.30 pm, dinner & lecture.
Join keynote speaker Roger Cressey, a graduate of UMass Lowell, whose vast knowledge of security and counterterrorism has led him from the halls of UMass Lowell to the White House, for a cocktail reception, speech and dinner. Cressey is familiar as a expert commentator on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. This event supports the Morse endowment for the study of international relations, sustainable developmentand peace, including the support of the Dean Bergeron International Relations Club and High School Model League Conference. The F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College. Tickets: $75 each; $25 is tax-deductible. Student tickets are avilable at $30. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. RSVP with payment by March 31 to Jacky Ledoux at 978-934-2236.
The following message was sent to colleagues in the National Park Service by Michael Reynolds, Deputy Regional Director, National Park Service-Northeast Region in Philadelphia, Penn. As soon as more details about funeral arrangements are announced, we will share them on this blog. Sandy’s many friends in Lowell are saddened by her passing. Her contributions to the development of Lowell National Historical Park were enormous and continue today to distinguish the Lowell Park as one of the best in America. She is survived by her husband, the acclaimed Irish fiddle player Seamus Connolly.—PM
“The entire Northeast Region mourns the passing of Chrysandra L. “Sandy” Walter, former deputy regional director for Northeast Region. Sandy retired in December 2007 with over 38 years of service, after serving as deputy director for the Northeast Region since 1994. Her previous assignments included serving as deputy regional director for National Capital Region. She served as superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park, where she established the Tsongas Industrial History Center in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and created New England’s largest “free” multicultural folk festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, which attracts over 100,000 visitors every summer. She has also served tours as deputy superintendent at Gateway NRA, superintendent at Lyndon B. Johnson NHP, and unit manager at Golden Gate NRA, where she established a highly successful hostel in partnership with the American Youth Hostel organization. Funeral arrangements and condolence information is forthcoming.”
Massachusetts Militia Passing Through Baltimore, an 1861 engraving of the Baltimore riot.
Lowell Historical Society Presents a Series on Lowell’s Sixth Regiment in the Civil War and Beyond
Richard P. Howe Jr., the Middlesex North Register of Deeds and a former President of the Lowell Historical Society, will present a two lecture series on Lowell’s Sixth Regiment and the Civil War this spring. The first -on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:30a.m. at the Lowell National Park Visitor’s Center, 246 Market Street in Lowell – will focus on the Baltimore riot. There is no admission charge.
From the Lowell Historical Society Newsletter: “The Road to Baltimore” by Richard P. Howe, Jr.
”When President Lincoln’s initial call for troops arrived, Governor Andrew sent back a simple response: “Where do you want them and by what route are they to get there?” Secretary of War Cameron telegraphed Andrew that Baltimore was calm and the troops coming to Washington should travel by rail. Departing from the previously prepared movement plans that would have avoided Baltimore, the Sixth left Boston by train late in the day on April 17. Two days later the men from Lowell and their comrades were fighting for their lives in the streets of Baltimore.”
The second lecture, on Sunday, April 23, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium’s Hall of Flags, will discuss the experience of the veterans of the Sixth Regiment through the rest of the Civil War and in post-war Lowell. Both lectures are co-sponsored by the Lowell Historical Society and the Greater Lowell Veteran’s Council.
I’ll bet there are a number of faces you’ll recognize in this video taken at the Discover Lowell Kick-Off Event held by the Cultural Organization of Lowell.
This video was originally posted by COOLinLowell
The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) kicks off its 2011 Discover Lowell Event Series at the ALL Arts Gallery in historic downtown Lowell, MA. Guests mixed, mingled, and talked about their favorite upcoming events, including Riverfest, the Film & the Arts Series, the Halloween Monster Bash, and the annual City of Lights Parade. Visit www.CultureIsCool.org for complete details on these and other events in the City of Lowell.
MassMoments reminds us that – Jack Kerouac noted in his diary that he had written “2500 words today in a few hours. This may be it — freedom. And mastery! — so long denied me in my long mournful yearsof work . . . Not that it’s easier, it’s only more myself.” By this day - March 23 – in 1948 an “upbeat” Kerouac estimated that at his current rate he could complete his 360,000-word project in the next two months. His first novel “The Town and the City” was published in 1950.
…in 1948, Lowell native Jack Kerouac happily noted in his diary that he had written 2500 words. If he could keep up this pace, he would finish his first novel in a matter of weeks. The highly autobiographical The Town and the City was published in 1950, the same year he began writing On the Road, the novel that earned him the title “Father of the Beat Generation.” By the time he died at the age of 47 Jack Kerouac had published 14 books. On the Road is Kerouac’s most-read work today; it is widely considered one of the most important and influential American novels of the twentieth century, and Jack Kerouac is celebrated as one of Lowell’s favorite sons.