History

Washington’s Birthday in Lowell

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, at his parents’ estate on the south bank of the Potomac River in northeast Virginia. Congress made the day a Federal holiday in 1879 and nearly one hundred years later in the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, Congress changed the name…

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“Take Me out to the Ballgame,” and Other Poems by K.T. Slattery

This week Trasna is pleased to feature the work of K.T. Slattery. A native of Tennessee, who now lives in the West of Ireland, Slattery is a familiar with Transatlantic crossings. “My biggest regret / Moving across the wide ocean- / I missed that glorious day / Red Sox World Champions!!!!” We commend Slattery not…

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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

When I visited Washington, DC in the summer of 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was still under construction. It would officially open just a few weeks later on August 22. When I returned to DC two years later, a visit to the Memorial was high on my To…

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Protecting the Capitol: 1861 & 2021

Protecting the Capitol: 1861 & 2021 On April 19, 1861, about 200 soldiers from Lowell were attacked in Baltimore while en route to Washington, D.C., to protect the U.S. government from those who sought to overthrow it. The Lowell men were part of the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment that…

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