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Get Creative with Your City Saturdays at Lowell National Historical Park

"Your City Saturdays continues a series of family programming that began this summer with the park’s popular “Art in the Park” series."
"Your City Saturdays continues a series of family programming that began this summer with the park’s popular “Art in the Park” series."
NPS/Phil Lupsiewicz

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News Release Date: October 11, 2012
Contact: Emily Levine, 978 275-1780
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

 Lowell, MA - Come hang out with park rangers, get creative, and explore your city! Lowell National Historical Park invites families to Your City Saturdays, a monthly morning of free arts and crafts, stories, and songs that will engage kids in imagining Lowell's past, present, and future. Your City Saturdays will take place at the Lowell NHP Visitor Center each third Saturday of the month from 10AM-12PM, October 2012 through April 2013.
Your City Saturdays continues a series of family programming that began this summer with the park's popular "Art in the Park" series, during which over 800 kids and their families had the opportunity to create historically-themed artwork in Boardinghouse Park in conjunction with the Lowell Summer Music Series. In the coming months, Your City Saturdays aims to continue nurturing the seeds of creativity in Lowell's next generation of national park stewards, encouraging kids to get involved in this city's hands-on tradition of reimagining our community. Lowell National Historical Park interprets this city's role as the country's first major planned industrial center. Since its founding in the 1820s, Lowell has constantly reinvented itself, reflecting cycles of industrial development, immigration, and preservation.

Your City Saturdays is a free, drop-in event. From 10AM-11AM, participate in a family-friendly art project, led by park rangers, around the theme "imagining our city." Activities will include stamping and printmaking, recycled art inventions, puppet making, window boxes, and more. From 11AM-12PM, join in a sing-along, accompanied by ukulele and other fun instruments. Kids will also get to take part in a participatory read-aloud, featuring some favorite stories and their big imaginations.

Your City Saturdays Dates:
October 20, 2012 February 16, 2013
November 17, 2012 March 16, 2013
December 15, 2012 April 20, 2013
January 19, 2013

Your City Saturdays, which takes place at the Lowell NHP Visitor Center (246 Market Street), is one part of the exciting family programming planned for the upcoming year at Lowell National Historical Park. While at the Visitor Center, learn more about park offerings, including the Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger led tours, and special events, and about Lowell's many other cultural attractions.

Did You Know?

Francis Gate/Guard Locks, Lowell, MA

There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.