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2013 National Park Canal Boat Tours Begin Memorial Day Weekend in Lowell

Canal Boat Tour
Canalboat tour at Lower Locks.
NPS/Phil Lupsiewicz

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News Release Date: May 21, 2013
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

LOWELL, MA - Canal boat tours on weekends kick off the early summer season between Memorial Day weekend and June 16 at Lowell National Historical Park. The Park, one of over 390 units of the National Park Service, preserves and interprets the history of the American Industrial Revolution in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts includes historic cotton textile mills, 5.6 miles of power canals, operating gatehouses, and worker housing. The Park offerings from May 25, 2013 through June 16, 2013 are adjusted for the season. An increased schedule, with canal boat tours offered daily, begins Sunday, June 17.

Tours:
Working the Water Tour
Who dug the canals? Who worked the locks and gates? Discover the human force behind the power of the canal system on this 90-minute tour on the Pawtucket Canal. This canal boat tour is offered Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day beginning May 25 through June 16 at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm Fees: Adults, $8.00; Seniors/students, $7.00; youth (6 -16 years old), $6.00; Children 5 and under, free.
*Boat tour schedules and itineraries may be modified at any time depending on water levels.

Views of Lowell Tour
Join a park ranger to discover intriguing locations and stories of Lowell. You may learn about the downtown locks and canal structures; explore the relationship of the river to the power and production of the industrial city; or learn about the lives of Lowell's famous "mill girls." Tour travels primarily by trolley although there may be some walking. This tour is offered at 2:30 pm, Monday -Friday. Free.

Guided Walk
"The Park in the City." Discover the evolution of the industrial city on this 30-minute downtown walking tour.
Departing from the Visitor Center - Daily, 12:30pm

Ranger Talks
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These brief, in-depth talks look at the "Hidden History" of Lowell.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Daily, 11:00am & 3:30pm
Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit. Daily, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Museum Meet up
Conversations @ Boott Mills. Join a ranger for a dynamic dialogue on Lowell's historical connections to today's critical issues.
Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Daily, 1:00pm.

Additional Visitor Offerings:
In addition to the boat tours and special events, Lowell National Historical Park offers the following opportunities to discover Lowell from May 25 through June 16:

VISITOR CENTER
246 MARKET STREET
9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Daily.
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center in Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex, one of the city's original textile mills. At the Visitor Center, you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city's rich industrial past. Here "Lowell: the Industrial Revelation", an award -winning multimedia presentation, is available introducing visitors to the story of how people, technology, and capital came together to revolutionize textile production-and a way of life-in Lowell and other American cities. Make reservations for park tours and other programs; visit the Children's Corner, sign up for the Junior Ranger Program, and shop in the Museum Store. Learn about Lowell's many cultural institutions and the diverse array of special events that celebrate the city's rich ethnic heritage. Free admission.

BOOTT COTTON MILLS MUSEUM,
115 JOHN STREET
9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Daily.
Don't miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The park's primary exhibit includes the weave room and interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. See insert for seasonal hours. Fees: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6 -16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free. Call to inquire about special group rates.

MILL GIRLS & IMMIGRANTS EXHIBIT,
4O FRENCH STREET
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Daily.
Explore the history of "mill girls" and immigrants in a Boott Mills boardinghouse. The Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, located in the Mogan Cultural Center, tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution by concentrating on the working people of Lowell. Free admission.

TROLLEYS
Historic replica trolleys operate daily carrying visitors and students from the Visitor Center to the Boott Mills. Schedules vary; please check for the trolley schedule at the Visitor Center Desk. Free.

Look for the expanded summer offerings beginning Sunday, June 17 and other Park information at www.nps.gov/lowe or by calling 978-970-5000.

Did You Know?

Industrial Canyon, Lowell, MA

Protests came to Lowell in the mid-1830s. Mill management...twice reduced the take-home pay of women workers. Faced with growing inventories and falling prices, owners believed the only way to sustain profits was to cut labor costs. The mill workers were not willing to accept this logic.