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.
The study of the future of small cities continues as a Worcester conference focuses on the future of small industrial cities in New England. Two of those cities are in the Merrimack Valley – Lowell and Lawrence. From the Associated Press via the Boston Globe:
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will host a conference focusing on the future of small industrial cities in New England. The forum will tackle the economic, fiscal, and political challenges and opportunities facing the region’s former industrial centers. Regional and national leaders have been invited to share practical examples of collaboration and leadership in the cities. Participants will explore why the cities are important to the New England economy, how they should be positioned to attract capital, and how the business community can support revitalization efforts. Four panels will feature civic leaders from across the region, including the cities of Hartford, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday [July 13] at Clark University in Worcester.
A reminder from Lowell’s Department of Planning and Development:
In July and August, as part of the update to Lowell’s citywide Master Plan, the Department of Planning and Development will host a series of public visioning sessions to collect input from the community and help shape a vision for the future.
There are 5 meetings, all of which take place from 6 – 8:30 PM at the Lowell Senior Center.
July 14 – Housing & Public Services
July 19 – Transportation & Mobility
July 25 – Economic Development, Workforce Investment & Institutional Partnerships
July 28 – Community Character, Engagement & Identity
August 3 – Open Space & Natural Resources
Translation into Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer is available upon request.
History is usually defined as a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes. Sometimes the interpretation of history along with its presentation can cause some problems. There’s a local kerfuffle over “Walking Tours of Civil War Boston’’ – the recently published guidebook whose intent is to highlight Boston’s role in the lead-up to the Civil War.
Marty Blatt, chief of cultural resources at Boston National Historical Park – who spent some time here as historian for the Lowell National Historical Park – is critical of the publication noting:
“I think that the publication . . . is diminished and deficient for including only a glancing reference to the Black Heritage Trail and no reference to several specialized tours that have been done by the Boston African American National Historic Site for years.”
There’s also a concern about the cover of the publication which the Park Ranger who conducts the Black Heritage Trail tours, says is misleading because it suggests that whites and blacks fought side by side during the war. The 54th Regiment was an all-black unit led by a white officer. “It’s a disservice to history that people knowingly portray it incorrectly,’’ Bakara said. “Instead of making up fairy tales, they should tell the real story.’’
Other historians who reviewed the guidebook pre-publiciation found no fault or had a diiferent interpretation of the cover and the text. It reminds me that there is whole library of books on the Civil War – over 70,000 with at least one new one published every day. Then there are the countless other manuscripts, guidebooks, pamphlets, brochures, exhibits and commentaries commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Imagine vetting this collection of interpretations of the Civil War!
Read the full article by Martine Powers about the Boston brouhaha here at Boston.com. Check out the guidebook here at the Freedom trail on-line store.
The former manager and player passed away last week. Here are a couple of baseball card memories of Dick Williams. The first is a Topps baseball card from 1964, and the other is his manager card from the Impossible Dream year of 1967, also a Topps card.
See the latest in Merrimack Valley Magazine. Features include the Lowell Summer Music Series with Peter Aucella, the Lowell Film Festival, Micky Ward Charities, Shaw Farm in Dracut, and plenty more. This publication has become required reading “In the Merrimack Valley” (to take a phrase from my blogging colleague Marie).
I still have a hard time following soccer, but this apparently was an all-time classic ending. The US was down 2-1 in “extra time” when, in the very last minute of play, the Americans scored the tying goal. The outcome was decided by penalty kicks. This video, from ESPN, shows all the highlights of the game. Because of my lack of understanding of the rules of the game (extra time, offsides, etc), I found it tough to follow, but one thing was clear – the superb athleticism and abilities of all the players:
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Previously my co-author Paul gave us some of his keen observations of the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ concert which took place on the front lawn of the Mogan Cultural Center Friday night. The video below was taken by Citizen Journalist bilandamyburke and posted on YouTube. It a nice candid slice of the Bela Fleck concert.