LHP, LNHP celebrate Community Excellence

On May 18th, Lowell Heritage Partnership and Lowell National Historical Park hosted a reception to honor the annual Community Excellence Awards in Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage as a kick off of Historic Preservation Week and Doors Open Lowell.

This year's recipients were: UMass Lowell Professor Ingrid Hess for her children's book "Mr. Magnificent's Magical Merrimack Adventure"for Excellence in Cultural Heritage St. Patrick Churchfor Church Interior Restorationfor Excellence in Historic PreservationJim Lichoulas, III for Mill No. 5 at Appleton Millsfor Excellence in Historic Preservation.

Earlier in the evening, the LHP also elected officers for the 2017-2018 year.  James Ostis was named president of the board after serving as vice president for the previous term.  Joining him is Fred Faust returning to an officer position as the vice president of the board and the chair of the Waterways Vitality Inititiative Working Committee. Jane Calvin continues as the group's treasurer.  The position of clerk will rotate for this term.  Ostis replaces Paul Marion, who has served as president of the board for much of the LHP's 17-year history.  

Feature Stories about Lowell Heritage Partnership and Our Partner Organizations

The Next Initiative For Lowell:
Making Our Canals and Rivers Come Alive

Lowell has launched a community planning effort intended to increase the visibility of the Lowell canal system and spark greater public activity along the canals. The innovative and historic waterways that made Lowell known as “The Venice of America” in the 19th century give the city a unique character that sets Lowell apart in its region. While the canals continue as a sustainable energy source, they also have the potential for additional economic, social, cultural, and recreational power. The time is right for the community to direct its attention to the canal system that offers Lowell competitive advantage in developing a distinctive and vibrant urban center where people choose to live, work, learn, create, and play.

The City of Lowell, Lowell Heritage Partnership, and other collaborators will coordinate a grassroots planning process from February to September 2016, including three pilot events at canal locations to demonstrate what is possible. The evens will be produced in association with the First Thursdays downtown business and cultural series. The Lowell City Council voted to install permanent colorful lighting along the Merrimack Canal at Lucy Larcom Park, a huge first step in fulfilling the vision of active life along the canals.

Three working groups will be formed (Culture, Tourism, Economic Development) and meet in early 2016 to begin the planning process. The first sessions are set for Thursday, February 11, 5.30 to 7 pm, at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 110 Canal Street in the Hamilton Canal District. To join one of these groups, please contact lowellheritagepartnership@gmail.com.

Thank you to the partners and supporters of this project, including the City Manager and City Council of Lowell, Lowell Heritage Partnership, Lowell National Historical Park, UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and Mill No. 5.


More photos from the kickoff event can be found here.


"Taking cue from Providence, Lowell might light up canals"

   "Lighting the Way for Lowell's Canals"
  "Lowell: The Next Initiative"


The LHP turns 15 in 2015!

Click here for complete coverage of the LHP's 15 year celebration, including the comprehensive report, The Power of Preservation.

Four in Lowell Honored for Historic Preservation Lowell Sun, May 20th, 2015

Photos from the 2015 Community Excellence Awards on LHP's Facebook Page, including the debut of the 15 Year Report

 LHP's Community Video Contest!

In 2013, the Lowell Heritage Partnership and Lowell National Historical Park announced the "Roots, Realities and Dreams" Community Video Contest!

This contest, open to entrants of all levels of skills and experience, asked participants to share their stories of Lowell for a chance to win up to $1500 in prizes.  

Lowell: The Entrepreneurial City

On September 25th, 2013 the Lowell Heritage Partnership celebrated Lowell's uniquely innovative past, present, and future with an expert panel discussion, Lowell: The Entrepreneurial City.

Speakers included Richard Howe, Theresa Park, David Parker, and Steve Tello. 



LHP Co-Hosts Community Excellence Awards in Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage

Read more about the 2013 awards at the official blog of the mayor's office, Room 50 and on richardhowe.com.

Lincoln & Lowell: The LHP Connection

Do you know the story of Abraham Lincoln's connections to the Mill City and the role Lowell Heritage Partnership has played in celebrating it?  Read more here: Lincoln & Lowell: The LHP Connection

Lowell Heritage Partnership and Lowell National Historical Park to Collaborate on New Public Programs about the Lowell Story

$35,000 Parker Foundation Grant Awarded to Lowell Heritage Partnership to Fund Mogan Center: Next Generation Project

Pat Mogan Tribute

LHP Social Media

Room 50 Stories

Heritage-Related Stories from
Room 50

Fans of Lowell history should definitely check out Jennifer Myers's excellent Room 50 Blog. Active during the term of former mayor, Patrick O. Murphy, the Room 50 blog featured stories on significant moments from Lowell's unique, alive, and inspiring history. Here is a small sample of what you'll find.

Celebrate Lowell's Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Kidnapping! Libel! Recount! Lowell Election Season 1926

Franco-American Flag Raising

Buried History

The City Hall Clock

The Belle of Belvidere

Omaha Packing Company Fire

A Tour of the Lowell Cemetery

This Place was a Zoo! 

Luther Lawrence, Lowell's 2nd Mayor

Remembering Peter Stamas

Hollywood greats signed Mayor's guest book

Honest Abe and the Mill City

Lowell's Young Cobblers

Whats in your drawers? 

Call me maybe: Moses Greeley Parker