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Sharon Kennedy solo performance as mill girl Mary Margaret O'Connell

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Date: November 19, 2008
Contact: Sheli Turocy, 978-970-5092
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA.  The Tsongas Industrial History Center presents a performance by Sharon Kennedy as mill girl Mary Margaret O’Connell. Ms. Kennedy’s 90-minute solo performance relates the epic story of Mary Margaret O’Connell and her struggles in the new and growing industrial city of mid-19th century Lowell.  Highlights of Mary Margaret O’Connell’s life include: her parents’ immigration from County Cork, Ireland; her father’s work with the Lowell canals; the house her father built; her mother’s work in the big Yankee houses; the childhood sicknesses endured and survived; her own toil as a weaver in the mills; her school years at St. Patrick’s Church; and the day-to-day life of the Irish in the “Acre” section of Lowell.


This performance is free to all and the performance content relates to the Massachusetts educational curriculum standards. A buffet supper prior to the performance along with a chance to chat with friends and colleagues is available for $28.00, advance reservations required.


The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a program of the University Of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School Of Education. In cooperation with Lowell National Historical Park, the Tsongas Industrial History Center serves as the educational branch of the park providing innovative educational programming to local and regional schools.  This performance is made possible with the support of the Mogan Cultural Center.


Mark your calendar for December 2, 2008 at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street, Lowell, MA.  Dinner at 5:30 – 6:30 pm ($28.00, reservations are required by November 24, 2008). Performance at 6:30 pm.

Did You Know?

Lowell, MA

Gamblers today can buy a "lucky cologne" which has its origins in the heart of Lowell National Historical Park. One of several local patent medicine companies, E.W. Hoyt & Co. produced personal products like Rubifoam tooth cleaner and Hoyt's German Cologne on Middlesex Street during the late 1800's.