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When Lowell Loved Seattle….#library #NewEngland

Back in 1864 when Seattle was new and with too few women, Asa Mercer came to Lowell recruiting teachers. It was a perfect match - there was an abundance of women here and the mills were slowing down due to lack of cotton from the South. Eleven women took the plunge. Here is the story.
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Blizzard Paralyzes Massachusetts…Remember When?

"On this day in 1978, the storm of the century paralyzed the entire state of Massachusetts. The Blizzard of '78 dropped between two and four feet of snow on the Bay State in the space of 32 hours. Ferocious winds created drifts as high as 15 feet. Along the coast, flood tides forced 10,000 people into…
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On this Day in 1861, the Sixth Mass. Volunteer Militia was formally organized. With war approaching, men who worked in the textile cities of Lowell and Lawrence

joined this new infantry regiment. They were issued uniforms and rifles; they learned to drill. They waited for the call. It came on April 15th, three days after the attack on Fort Sumter. They were needed to defend Washington, D.C.. The mood when they left Boston was almost festive. When they arrived in the border…
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Two-Way Traffic Coming Soon to Downtown Lowell – Info Meeting TONIGHT at Senior Center

Have you heard? Lowell's Planning and Development department are hard at work getting the word out that construction is currently being done to convert some of Lowell's downtown streets to two-way traffic. They are having a public information session about the conversion tonight (Wednesday, July 30) at 6:30PM at the Lowell Senior Center at 276…
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#Gettysburg Battle – 150th Anniversary

Our library is actually a Memorial to those in Lowell who gave their lives to preserve the Union. For our beautiful  second floor the city purchased the three massive murals painted by the French-born artist Paul Phillipoteaux. Two of the paintings depict early victories for General U.S. Grant (The Battle of Shiloh and The Battle…
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Rarely Seen Photos of Lowell

Tony Sampas, an archivist at UMass- Lowell and a librarian at the Pollard  has assembled a collection of rare Lowell photos on Facebook. Check it out. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowell-Collections/1481778395375086?ref=hl
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