2011 Community Excellence Awards Recognition
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-17
In recognition of National Preservation Month, Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Heritage Partnership are celebrating community efforts in the realms of historic preservation and cultural heritage in conjunction with the kick-off of Doors Open Lowell 2011. "Highlighting the accomplishments of these individuals, students, and developer affirms this community's spirit in contributing to Lowell's preservation and cultural legacy," Park Superintendent Michael Creasey stated. "Drawing these nominations from many sources, as we have since 2007, we congratulate the recipients for the engaged commitment they represent." Richard Lockhart, President of the Lowell Heritage Partnership added,
Individuals and organizations that have excelled include:
"Excellence in Cultural Heritage"
David McKean has frequently been acknowledged as the pre-eminent historian of Lowell's Irish community. His dedication to preserving the cultural history of this early Lowell immigrant population has been illustrated through historic tours, St. Patrick's Cemetery monument preservation, authoring several publications, and assistance with the recent archeological project on the grounds of St. Patrick's Church.
"Excellence in Historic Preservation"
Trinity Financial, LLC for the successful rehabilitation of the Appleton Mills into apartments as live and work space for artists. The ongoing transformation of this site is compelling to observe, transforming the deteriorated site as part of the Hamilton Canal District and preserving elements of the original mill. New residents are moving into these units now.
"Youth Excellence in Cultural Heritage"
A few years ago at Dracut's Lakeview Junior High School, teacher, Rebecca Duda, and two students: Emily Fox and Meghan Fawcett took direct action at the Claypit Cemetery in Lowell. Where the cemetery itself had fallen into disrepair, they collaborated to document the cemetery, create a virtual cemetery online, and coordinate volunteer clean-ups in a continuing manner in partnership with the Lowell Historic Board.
"Special Recognition for the Civil War Sesquicentennial"
Through many years of individual research, Maurice Comtois has documented the final burial locations of the nearly 4,300 residents of Lowell who served in the Civil War. About 400 Lowell residents were killed in the war, and Mr. Comtois' research included trips to battlefields, Civil War sites, and numerous communities.
For more information about the 10th Anniversary of Doors Open Lowell program, May 12-14, 2011, visit www.doorsopenlowell.org. For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit www.nps.gov/lowe.
Did You Know?
The population of Lowell grew dramatically during the years of industrial expansion-rising from about 2,500 in 1826 to more than 33,000 in 1850, when Lowell was the second largest city in Massachusetts.