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Youth Theater Program Portrays Historical Figures at Lowell National Historical Park

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Date: July 22, 2009
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA —Historical figures like Kirk Boott, Lucy Larcom, and assorted mill girls and canal diggers of the past, once again walk the cobblestone streets of Lowell. Members of the Youth Theater Program bring these 19th-century characters to life under the aegis of the “Spindle City Corps,” a partnership between Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork, Inc. Don’t miss your opportunity to interact with these talented student actors.


The students will guide visitors to Lowell from the National Park Visitor Center through downtown to the Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse daily (check at the visitor center for times) until August 20th.  In addition, there will be special presentations on Wednesday, July 22, August 5th and 12 at 12:00pm at St. Anne’s Church.  The free 15 minute programs, researched and presented by the students, will focus on the lives of residents of Lowell from the 1830’s and 1840’s. 


One of the many facets of the urban cultural park envisioned by the Park’s founders is that Lowell National Historical Park reflects a “living laboratory” dedicated to exploring the social, cultural and economic lives of the people of Lowell. An important manifestation of this vision is the preservation and celebration of the many immigrant cultures of Lowell. This includes their homes, churches, and social clubs, which continue to function as outward expressions of Lowell’s multi-cultural society. The Youth Theater Program provides an opportunity for community members to share these stories with the public.

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.