Culture

After decades of work ~ Lowell Police Court Naturalization Records Available

Genealogist Walter Hickey has long wanted and worked hard for years to have these Lowell Police Court Naturalization records available for informational and research purposes. In partnership with LowellIrish, the links to search these records are now available on-line. Along with his research in Lowell Irish History, the history of…

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Mets Fan

I was eight years old when the Mets started playing baseball in New York City. I was a Red Sox fan already, but grabbed onto this novelty of a team that, like the 1960s themselves and the Project Mercury astronauts, signaled the future to me. The Red Sox were my father’s…

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‘Look At a Dry Leaf’

Web image courtesy of Wikimedia I reached into the vault for a poem from this “time of the season.” —PM . Look At a Dry Leaf . A dry leaf is a physical map: River beds are sap routes Forking off the prime vein. The underside’s not printed, But the…

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America’s First Architect ~ H. H. Richardson

The beautiful pair of buildings – the City Hall and the Pollard Memorial Library – that anchor the intersect of Merrimack Street/Dutton Streets/Monument Square and up to Cardinal O’Connell Parkway represent a monumental style of architecture known as Richardsonian Romanesque. These buildings are the hub of much important civic and…

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Honors for Kerouac

Last night, students from the UMass Lowell Honors College First-Year Seminar in all things Lowell went on the road in Kerouac’s Lowell. I teach one section of the 22 sections of this required course in the Honors College. Nearly 400 students are learning about Lowell in a directed way this…

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