“Roots, Realities, and Dreams”
Tell Us Your Lowell Story

Lowell Heritage Partnership—Lowell National Historical Park
Community Video Contest

As part of the “Our Park. Our City. Our Stories” Next Generation Cultural Programming Grant project being conducted in collaboration with Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Heritage Partnership is inviting members of the Lowell community to share their “stories of Lowell” in a public video project.   

Create a video up to four minutes to share with the community to answer the question: “What does Lowell mean to you?”

For example:

  • Tell us a why you call Lowell “home”
  • Tell us about a place in Lowell that means a lot to you
  • Tell us about a Lowell person who inspires you (from the past or right now)
  • Or be creative and tell any story about roots, realities, and dreams in the city

Prizes: First Prize is $1500, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Also, vote online for a fan favorite with a $250 prize.

The contest is open from July 10 to October 31, 2013 and is open to entrants at all levels of knowledge and experience.

Format for submission: Participants are asked to submit their videos via YouTube to the LHP YouTube page, or on a DVD/blu-ray format disc to Lowell Heritage Partnership, P.O. Box 8744, Lowell, MA 01853 (For other formats, please contact LHP)

Following the contest’s closing, all eligible videos that satisfy the guidelines will be showcased on a (third party) LHP website where guests will be allowed to vote on their favorites.  A fan favorite video will be selected alongside the judge’s choices. The LHP board is responsible for final selections.

Winning entrants will be honored at a public reception in 2014 featuring an awards ceremony and a screening of the winning videos. 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation. Thank you.

*All entrants grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to Lowell Heritage Partnership and Lowell National Historical Park for the future use or modification of entries, with credit to the original creator. If an entrant's video is not a winner, the entrant may elect to "Opt-Out" of this license condition on the official contest form. Regardless, all entrants retain ownership and copyright of their videos and are not restricted in their future use.

Any further questions please contact James Ostis, project manager, at

For more information, please read the video contest's Frequently Asked Questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a professional quality camera/editing software to enter the Community Video Contest?

A: No! The goal of the "Roots, Realities and Dreams Community Video Contest" is to engage the Lowell community in a creative expression of Lowell stories.  Entries will be judged primarily on the content of the story and the creativity of the presentation and not on technical skills.  We welcome all entries from professional filmmakers to amateur hobbyists.

Q: How do I send a video via youtube to the LHP

A: There are a few steps to this process.  First you need to sign up for a youtube account to upload the video to.  Once you've completed that, upload your video to your account. While logged in, go to the inbox and click "compose."  Attach your video in a message to youtube user, "lowellheritage" with your name and contact information. 

You can also send the link to your video to  Please include your contact information and verify with the LHP that we've received your entry.

Q. Can organizations or groups enter the contest?

A: The contest is open to individuals, groups, and organizations.  If your group or organization has a compelling Lowell story you want to tell, then feel free to collaborate or provide an entry on behalf of that entity!  In fact, winning this contest could be a great way to raise funds and publicity for your local nonprofit organization!

Please check back for more information!