2015 Women's History Month Programs

Workers on the Line workshop

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News Release Date: February 20, 2015

Contact: David Byers, (978) 275-1705

Lowell,Massachusetts. LOWELL, MA —In celebration of Women's History Month, Lowell National Historical Park will be hosting a series of inspiring and educational programs that explore women's stories through art, culture, and history. All events are free, and are offered in conjunction with Lowell Women's Week, which takes place March 1st –8th, with associated events throughout the month For more information on Lowell Women's Week events throughout the city, visit www.LowellWomensWeek.org.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Opening Reception for Celebrating 20 years of Lowell Women's Week

3:00 p.m. –4:30 p.m., Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French Street

Join us at the opening reception for the 2015 Lowell Women's Week PublicArt Project, an exhibit of banners, collages, posters, and other art and artifacts relating the stories of women in the community. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be open for viewing from March 1st-29th, Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Walk through Women's History Guided Walking Tour

2:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m., Meet at Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

Women's stories are written into the bricks, cobblestones, and landscape of our city –come explore some of these hidden histories on a short walk through downtown Lowell with a ranger. The tour will conclude at the Mill Girls & Immigrants exhibit. Stick around for the What Does a Feminist Look Like? program at 2:30 p.m., or explore the exhibit further on your own. The tour includes a 1/3 mile walk through downtown Lowell.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

What Does a Feminist Look Like? Interactive Program

2:30 p.m. –4:00 p.m., Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, 40 French Street

Equality, Progress, and…Feminism? Do you identify as a feminist? Or is "feminism" something you shy away from? Maybe you're wondering what feminism actually means–and is it really necessary, anyway? Whatever your feelings on feminism are, come with your questions! Talk them out in a safe conversation space. This interactive tour is open to individuals of all genders, whether you feel passionate about feminism, or have some reservations about the idea of feminism. We'll visit the Mill Girls and Immigrants exhibit, where you can learn more about struggles for women's equality, in Lowell and elsewhere, pastand present –and decide for yourself what a feminist could look like!

March 8 and March 15, 2015

Farm or Factory: Which Would You Choose? Workshop and Tour

Choose one of two sessions on either day: 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. or 1:00 –3:00 p.m.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Third Floor, 115 John Street

Experience weaving your own cloth by hand on a floor loom– you choose the design and colors. Then take a journey through the Historical Park and explore the working and living conditions of the Yankee Mill Girls. What was life like on the farm? Was Lowell the land of opportunity? Come see for yourself. Ages 10-adult welcome. The program is free, but registration is required due to availability of the floor looms. This program is offered in collaboration with the Tsongas Industrial History Center. Please call (978) 970-5000 or contact JoAnn Marcos at e-mail uswith any questions.

March 14, 2015

Equality, Progress, and "Having it All" Workshop and Discussion

2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m., Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Third Floor, 115 John Street

Have women accomplished "having it all?" What does "having it all" mean, anyway? Did the mill girls in Lowell "have it all"? In this interactive workshop program, you can decide for yourself! We'll start with "Workers on the Line", an experience co-hosted with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, where you can explore labor issues relevant to Lowell's mill women. After the workshop, join in on a conversation with a ranger on gender equality and women's work, historically and today.

Free parking for any of these events is available at the VisitorCenter parking lot (304 Dutton Street), a 10-15 minute walk from the MoganCenter, Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Paid parking is available in the city parking garage a short walk from each of those venues at the corner of John and French Streets.

Lowell Women's Week is an annual celebration, in its 20th year, that highlights women's experiences in Lowell's past and present. Women's Week events aresponsored by many community partners and take place at locations throughout the city. The events and programs recognize women's achievements, struggles, and extraordinary contributions to our community. Enjoy performing arts, historical explorations, community gatherings, skills workshops, lectures, and more. For more information on Lowell Women's Week, please visit www.LowellWomensWeek.org.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

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Last updated: February 26, 2015

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