• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley

    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Fee-Free Programs on Civil Rights & Social Justice Boott Cotton Mills Museum: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Date: January 11, 2013
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, Massachusetts. LOWELL, MA — Lowell National Historical Park is waiving museum fees at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on Monday, January 21, 2013, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Join us for the following programs:

12 noon Courage and Conscience - Lowell's relationship with civil rights issues continually evolved and changed throughout the city's first century. Learn about stories from Lowell's African-American history and the early antislavery movement, and discover the profound contradiction at the heart of the city's success.

1:00 p.m. The Choice - The life experiences of workers often depend on choices made by consumers. That was true in Lowell in the 19th-century, and it is still true today in the 21st-century. What choices would you have made? What choices do you make today? Discover the lives of 4 workers and how the choices shoppers make have impacted, and continue to impact, their lives.

2:00 p.m. Film screening of Hard Truth, Levity, and Hope- Explore the experiences of Lowell's refugee immigrants through the eyes and words of six Lowell high school students who have fled oppression at home to settle and build new lives with their families here in Lowell.This 26-minute film will be followed by a discussion about the film.

In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 21), the fee-free days scheduled in 2013 are National Park Week (April 22-26), National Public Lands Day (September 28), the National Park Service's Birthday (August 28), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 9-11).

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum at Lowell National Historical Park is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at 115 John Street. Visitors are encouraged to begin their visit to the Park at the Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. While there, information is also available about many other park offerings and cultural attractions in the City.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

For information about national parks nationwide that are participating in fee free-events during these same days, please visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

Did You Know?

Mile of Mills, Lowell, MA

Francis Cabot Lowell died before his colleagues began planning the industrial city of unprecedented order and scale that would eventually be named Lowell, Massachusetts.