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    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Lowell Women’s Week 2013 “Working Together, Creating Change”

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Date: March 1, 2013
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, Massachusetts. Working Together, Creating Change:In conjunction with Lowell Women's Week 2013, Lowell National Historical Park hosts a series of events exploring diverse women's voices, past and present. Please visit www. Lowellwomensweek.org for a full list of participating organizations and schedule of events taking place throughout the city.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

-Working Together, Creating Change: An Evening of Music, Film, and Community
7PM - 9PM ″ Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street
Explore the shared struggles and experiences of women in the workplace - past and present - in the city where it all began. Join Lowell National Historical Park rangers for a screening of the short documentary Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl, followed by a performance of original music based on the words of Lowell mill workers. How do your own 21st century work experiences connect to those of others? The evening will conclude with a lively dialogue incorporating visitors' own stories and points of view.
More informationjoann_marcos@nps.gov


Saturday, March 9, 2013

-Putting On Airs: American 19th Century Fashion and Social Status
1PM - 1:45PM ″ Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street
Travel back to 19th century Lowell as we explore the 'well-dressed Mill Girl' -- is she fact or fancy? What assumptions do we make based on dress and fashion today? Join presenter Ellen Frost, Park Ranger & LNHP Costume Coordinator, and consider the evidence of outward signs of status of 19th century women's clothing.
More information: Ellen Frost, ellen_frost@nps.gov

-Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Unfulfilled Promise of Equity
2PM - 3:30PM ″ Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

Join Park Ranger Rubby Wuabu - and voices from Lowell's past - for a lively discussion of the legacies of gendered wage disparity.  

More information: Rubby Wuabu, rubby_wuabu@nps.gov

Sunday, March 10, 2013

-Writing for Change: Women's Creative Writing Workshop
10AM - 12PM ″ Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street

Starting with excerpts from the "Lowell Offering" and other sources of Lowell women's literature, join Park Ranger Resi Polixa to create (y)our own pieces of any  writing genre, centered around the theme of "change." Collaborative writing exercises will encourage conversation and relaxed atmosphere. Towards the end of the session, we will have the chance to share pieces out loud. 

More information: Resi Polixa, theresa_polixa@nps.gov

-Women's Footsteps Walking Tour
1PM - 3PM ″ Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street
Take a stroll with Park Ranger JoAnn Marcos to see and hear about the first workers of the Lowell Mills. Visit the boarding house and stroll through downtown experiencing the life of the Yankee "Mill Girls." Our stroll will take us by the Visitor Center where we will take a short break and then proceed through the Acre to hear about the women who would eventually replace the Mill Girls. Dress warm, tour will leave the Boott at 1PM rain or shine. Estimated tour time is 2 hrs. More information: JoAnn Marcos, joann_marcos@nps.gov

These programs are sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. For a complete listing of the Lowell Women's Week 2013 program check out the March calendar under Schedule of events on www.nps.gov/lowe

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...