[updated August 4, 2013] This page will contain historical information, mostly about Lowell. Please consider it under construction for now.

BUT we have set the dates for the Fall 2013 tours of Lowell Cemetery. They are:
- Friday, September 27 at 1 pm
- Saturday, September 28 at 10 am
- Friday, October 4 at 1 pm
- Saturday, October 5 at 10 am
All tours begin at the Knapp Avenue entrance (next to Shedd Park) and are free, require no registration, last for 90 minutes, and are conducted rain or shine.

Here are some links to previous posts about the history of Lowell:

Pawtucket Canal
Middlesex Canal
Merrimack Canal

4 thoughts on “History”

  1. Announcement:

    Parker Lecture Series
    Sunday October 3, 2010
    12 noon
    Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Hall of Flas

    “Prelude to the Civil War: The State of the Union 159 Years Ago”
    Lecture by Dr. Michael Pierson, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    It took less than a year for the United States of America to fall apart. In April 1860, the Democratic Party met in Charleston, South Carolina, to select a candidate for the U.S. Presidency. By April 1861, Charlestonians saw a vastly different spectacle: a new country, the Confederate States of America, opened fire on the U.S. flag. Only weeks later, Massachusetts troops had to force their way through Baltimore, at the cost of several lives, including Lowell’s own Luther Ladd and Addison Whitney, to save the nation’s capitol from capture. This talk will chart this year of turmoil in order to understand what pushed Lowell residents and others to the brink of the Civil War.

  2. I’m sorry I missed this talk. I went to Gettysburg recently. There is a new visitors center, theater and many different educational choices for getting around the battle field. My husband and I did the CD self guided tour via the car. It is supose to take two hours. It took us four. We loved it!! We got out of the car and walked around. We walked on the paths that the 20th Maine walked, stood in the peach grove and looked across the same field that Pickett looked at….in disbelief I’m sure.

    Let me tell you, for my husband and I to be in the same car for 4 hours together….that in itself is a minor miracle.

    I’ll watch your site to see future events.

    KM Murphy

  3. /Waterpower in Lowell/ talk 1 pm, Sunday, 28 Apr 2012, at Billerica Falls
    Bill Gerber has arranged for the author of Waterpower in Lowell, Dr. Patrick Malone, to be the speaker at the annual spring meeting. Below is a review of the work from Amazon:

    Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Technology) Wow! This is well written, academic, robust, and thoughtful. Bravo to the author for such intense and specific scholarship. I recommend it highly and without reservation. A contribution to the field of STEM that is both rich in history and technologically astute.

    Thank you Bill for getting such a scholar to be the speaker. Let’s print and circulate the Tom Dahill flyer to your historical society, college, newspaper, library, widely. Link to a printable PDF,

    If you can say Welcome!, you can be a volunteer at the museum. Simply come to the museum at any time between noon and four, Saturday or Sunday, prepared to greet visitors at the reception desk. An experienced docent will be present to answer questions by visitors, but with you at reception, the docent will be able to do more of the other work required to keep the museum open and free.

    Publisher’s description, Waterpower in Lowell, 254 pages.
    Patrick M. Malone demonstrates how innovative engineering helped make Lowell, Massachusetts, a potent symbol of American industrial prowess in the 19th century. Waterpower spurred the industrialization of the early United States and was the principal power for textile manufacturing until well after the Civil War. Industrial cities therefore grew alongside many of America’s major waterways. Ideally located at Pawtucket Falls on the Merrimack River, Lowell was one such city — a rural village rapidly transformed into a booming center for textile production and machine building. Malone explains how engineers created a complex canal and lock system in Lowell which harnessed the river and powered mills throughout the city. James B. Francis, arguably the finest engineer in 19th-century America, played a key role in the history of Lowell’s urban industrial development. An English immigrant who came to work for Lowell’s Proprietors of Locks and Canals as a young man, Francis rose to become both the company’s chief engineer and its managing executive. Linking Francis’s life and career with the larger story of waterpower in Lowell, Malone offers the only complete history of the design, construction, and operation of the Lowell canal system. Waterpower in Lowell informs broader understanding of urban industrial development, American scientific engineering, and the environmental impacts of technology. Its clear and instructional discussions of hydraulic technology and engineering principles make it a useful resource for a range of courses, including the history of technology, urban history, and American business history.

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