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Last Week of the Digital History Scavenger Hunt!

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Pollard Memorial Library will be hosting a weekly Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Every Friday (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), we'll be posting a scavenger hunt of 15 questions. All answers can be obtained online and all will be related in some way to Lowell history, buildings, people, and…
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Challenge yourself to find Lowell’s history!

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Pollard Memorial Library will be hosting a weekly Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Every Friday (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), we'll be posting a scavenger hunt of 15 questions. All answers can be obtained online and all will be related in some way to Lowell history, buildings, people, and…
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Image of canal arches with quote - "We are not makers of history. We are made by history." by Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo credit - Tony Sampas

History Matters! Virtual Scavenger Hunt Week 2

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Pollard Memorial Library will be hosting a weekly Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Every Friday (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), we'll be posting a scavenger hunt of 15 questions. All answers can be obtained online and all will be related in some way to Lowell history, buildings, people, and…
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History Matters

Missing Doors Open Lowell? Try our virtual scavenger hunt!

Doors Open Lowell is a favorite event of the Library staff. We are able to chat about the rich history of the building, our interesting and varied art collection, favorite facts about Jack Kerouac, and the amazing architecture designed by Frederick Stickney whose work is prevalent throughout Lowell, including another example of Romanesque which is…
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Virtual History Scavenger Hunt

Staff Selections – Falicia

Falicia - Library Assistant Favorite genres of books: Fiction (anything with magic or fantasy elements), Arts and Crafts, Graphic Novels Just Finished: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson Set in the last emirate of Muslim Spain The Bird King follows Fatima, the sultan’s favorite concubine, and her beloved friend Hassan, the place mapmaker. The…
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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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