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Jack Kerouac Exhibit Opening in Lowell

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Date: September 30, 2011
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA - A new exhibit on Lowell native and writer Jack Kerouac will open to the public on Thursday, October 6, at 5:00 pm in line with the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival. The exhibit is a new permanent installation at Lowell National Historical Park's Visitor Center. The colorful exhibit of photos, text excerpts, and a Lowell map interprets Jack Kerouac's works and life as a Beat Writer. The exhibit encourages visitors to explore Lowell by visiting places that Kerouac wrote about in his novels that were connected to Lowell.Through an audio listening station you can hear Jack Kerouac read selections from his writings.

Professor Mike Millner of the UMass Lowell English Department and Paul Marion, executive director of community and cultural affairs at UMass Lowell, spearheaded the project for over a year with David Blackburn and Jack Herlihy of Lowell National Historical Park. Funding was provided by a grant from the Creative Economy Initiative of the University of Massachusetts President's Office. John Sampas of the Kerouac Estate generously provided images and permission to reprint book excerpts. Chris Danemeyer of Proun Design created the exhibit's design and fabrication, adapting the look he produced for the "On the Road" scroll manuscript exhibit at the Boott Mills Gallery in 2007, which drew 25,000 visitors to the city.

More information is available by contacting the Lowell National Historical Park at 978-970-5000. Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center is located at 246 Market Street, Lowell, Massachusetts and is open daily 9:00am - 5:00 pm, daily. Admission is free.

Did You Know?

Historic etching, Lowell National Historical park

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.