Late Fall 2010 Schedule
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
Lowell, MA—Lowell National Historical 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 October 12, 2010 through November 27, 2010 are adjusted for the season.
VISITOR CENTER AT MARKET MILLS
Begin your visit at Market Mills, the former Bigelow Carpet Company complex located on the site of one of the city's original textile mills. At the Park Visitor Center here you can plan your exploration of the major park sites and the city's rich industrial past. "Lowell: The Industrial Revelation," an award-winning multimedia presentation, introduces 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. Also on view in the Visitor Center is "Lowell Blues," a film by Henry Ferrini about author Jack Kerouac and his native city. (Due to special programs times may vary occasionally). At the Visitor Center you can also visit the Children's Corner, sign up for the Junior Ranger Program, find out about walking routes through the historic downtown, 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. General information on area lodging and dining is also available. VISITOR CENTER HOURS: October 12 through November 27, 2010: daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; CLOSED: November 25, 2010. Admission: Free
Boott Cotton Mills Museum
Don't miss the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The park's primary exhibit includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell. MUSEUM HOURS: October 12 through November 27, 2010: daily, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; CLOSED: November 25, 2010. Admission: Adults, $6.00; Youths, 6-16 & Students $3.00; Senior Discount; Children 5 and under, free. Check the schedule daily for Ranger-guided Museum Talks.
Guided Tours and Programs
Lowell's Hidden History
Weekends at 1:00; 60-90 minutes in length, Free.
Join park rangers as they present walks and talks on numerous aspects of Lowell's history. These popular programs will be offered beginning October 16 and offered throughout the winter. This weekend, "Tunes and Tales of the Mill Era" and "Churches of Lowell."
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call us at 978-970-5000
Did You Know?
The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.