Legendary Locals of Lowell
To be published on March 11, 2013
Legendary Locals of Lowell back cover text
When Nathan Appleton and his colleagues built their first textile mill on the banks of the Merrimack River in 1822, they were pursuing the vision of their departed mentor, Francis Cabot Lowell. The complex system of machinery, labor, management and capital that resulted made the city that they named Lowell the centerpiece of the Industrial Revolution in America. Changes in technology and commerce made the golden age of Lowell’s mills short lived. Despite the success of businesses such as the patent medicine company of James C. Ayer, jobs remained scarce for decades. Hard times created strong leaders, people like Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, who sponsored the G.I. Bill, and writer Jack Kerouac, who added a new voice to the country’s literary mix. More recently, Paul Tsongas inspired a new generation to transform Lowell into one of the most exciting mid-sized cities in post-industrial America and a world model of urban revitalization. This book tells the city’s story through pictures of its people.
A life-long resident of Lowell, Richard P. Howe Jr. is the Register of Deeds of the Northern District of Middlesex County. Chaim M. Rosenberg is author of The Life and Times of Francis Cabot Lowell and other books on the industrial age.
Legendary Locals of Lowell is available for pre-order from Arcadia Publishing and from Amazon. Locally, Guy Lefebvre’s Lowell Gallery has already ordered a supply of books for sale and as other local retail outlets are identified, they will be listed here.
The authors will appear locally at the following events to speak about the book and to sell and sign copies [updated February 13, 2013]:
(Pre-publication) February 23, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the 2nd Annual Lowell Writers & Publishers Winter Round-Up at The Old Court, 29 Central Street in Lowell. Paul Marion has graciously extended to me the opportunity to participate in this event and talk about the book prospectively.
Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Tewksbury Public Library.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Moses Greeley Parker Library in Dracut.
Also, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm, I’ll give my “Lowell in the Civil War” talk at the Westford Public Library
The authors are available to local groups for books signings and talks. To schedule such an event or for any questions about Legendary Locals of Lowell, please contact Richard P. Howe Jr. at DickHoweJr[at]gmail.com.