• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley

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    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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  • Folk Festival Parking and Schedule Changes

    While the park helps the city prepare for and celebrate the Lowell Folk Festival, the Visitor Center parking lot at 304 Dutton St. will be closed Wed July 23-Mon July 28. Also check our Operating Hours page for changes to tour and exhibit schedules. More »

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  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Power to Production Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Power to Production                    Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Engineers and scientists use technology to harness water power to produce goods in the most efficient way possible.

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    Workers on the Line Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Workers on the Line                  Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Industrialization changes the nature of the work experience. Changes in working conditions provokes questions about the fairness of time, wages, working conditions, and safety, with corresponding responses from labor, management, government, and society.

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    Bale to Bolt Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Bale to Bolt                                 Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Changing technology in the 19th century transformed the role of work and the quality of life for workers in both the industrial North and plantation South, bringing both opportunities and hardships.

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    Yankees and Immigrants Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Yankees and Immigrants         Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    The people who came to Lowell from the farms of New England and from other countries brought their unique experiences and cultural identities, helping to shape and define our American culture.

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    Change in the Making Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    Change in the Making             Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

    The Industrial Revolution changed the way Americans worked, lived, and used the land. People left farm villages and moved to new factory towns, where large-scale industrialization was taking place.

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    Engineer It! Pre- and Post- Visit Activity Guide

    Engineer It!                                Pre- and Post- Visit Activity Guide

    Lowell’s remarkable success as an early industrial city was made possible in part by engineers using the engineering design process of making choices, prototyping, and testing, steps that led to innovations in waterpower systems and textile production. This guide suggests activities that introduce students to materials properties concepts and the engineering design process.

  • Women's Rights National Historical Park

    Dress Reformers and Their Fight for Equality – 19th century Heroines

    Dress Reformers and Their Fight for Equality – 19th century Heroines

    In the mid-19th century, society expected women to wear long and heavy skirts and tight corsets. If they were cooking, carrying a baby, or working in a mill, this clothing could become dangerous. In the early 1850s, Elizabeth Smith Miller introduced a new clothing style that allowed freedom of movement and decreased hazards. Learn how this style of dress not only provided freedom of movement, but also became a symbol of women’s rights.

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...