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Congressman Paul Tsongas was from Lowell...and is probably responsible for the city receiving so many federal dollars to preserve and restore the mill buildings to tell the story of our transformation during the industrial revolution. It was a revolution without war...but in many ways more damaging to our environment and family life than some of the wars have been.
Interesting map shows you the places where you could find the Canadian French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian communities....as they settled in to American ways...The Irish came to build the canals...about 5 1/2 miles of them...with locks..all tieing into the Merrimack adn Concord Rivers. Later the French came to work the mills...then more and more ..
You could probably still find ethnic enclaves scattered throughout the city. This is a city of poverty today as it was during the industrialization of the United States. So many vinyl sided tenement houses with traces of the "old country" on the neighborhood store signs.
In Lowell you could visit so many mills and museums, it would keep you busy for a couple of days. Mogan Cultural Center and Boardinghouse has the Center for Lowell History "Mill Girls and Immigrants" Exhibit. Boot Cotton Mills Museum with the Tsongas Industrial HIstory Center done by the Lowell HIstorical Society. There is a Jack Kerouac Commemorative, Lowell Memorial Auditorium/Merrimack Repertory Theater, Market Mills with the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, American Textile History Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art, New England Quilt Museum, Railroad Exhibit with Visitor Center and Trolley Stop....Boarding House Park....Suffolk Mill Turbine Exhibit...the list goes on and on.....
- Pros:Renaissance coming to Lowell...slowly....
- Cons:Critical need for jobs, training, housing improvements for the masses
- In a nutshell:Fascinating, educational, important to our history
Jack Kerouac was a writer born in Lowell, Mass. You can GOOGLE his name and learn much about his books and his life. ... more travel advice
The New England Quilt Museum is made to order for those who study, collect, or otherwise admire the American quilts.... more travel advice
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