• Boott Cotton Mills Museum with Trolley

    Lowell

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Late Fall 2010 Schedule

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Date: October 13, 2010
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MALowell 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?

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.