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Dr Patrick Malone will speak about Waterpower in Lowell

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Date: December 10, 2009
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

“Water Power in Lowell”

A Lecture and Book Signing


Lowell, MA. Lowell residents and visitors alike are curious about the City’s extensive canal system, which remains a key component of the preserved historical landscape. With the recent release of the book “Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America”, Dr. Patrick M. Malone has captured an in-depth account of the history and personalities behind this exceptional facet of Lowell.


“Water Power in Lowell,” a free lecture and book signing event by Dr. Malone, will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Visitor Center at Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street, Lowell.  The book is currently available at the Visitor Center sales outlet, which is open daily except for Christmas and New Years Day.


Dr. Malone is a professor of urban studies and American civilization at Brown University.  His latest book demonstrates how innovative engineering helped make Lowell a potent symbol of American industrial prowess in the 19th century.  Dr. Malone explains how engineers created a complex canal and lock system in the city which harnessed the river and powered the mills throughout the city.     


Patrick Malone is an industrial archaeologist and historian of technology. He has both an undergraduate engineering degree and a Ph.D. in history. He is Professor of American Civilization and Urban Studies and Director of the Urban Studies Program. His primary interests are the urban built environment and the history of industrial communities. He also does a great deal of work in public humanities, focusing on museum interpretation, park development, and the recording of engineering structures. Much of his work examines American rivers and hydraulic engineering.


The program is supported by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series and Lowell National Historical Park.

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.