In the aftermath of last week’s archaeological dig, St Patrick’s official historian, Dave McKean, has launched a new blog to collect digital information – text, photos, scanned documents, anything – about the parish and the Irish in Lowell. Hence the name – Lowell Irish. Here’s how Dave explains it in his first blog post:
Ok, here’s what’s up. I’ve got a few meetings set up for this coming week. There is a little worm inside my head. It’s telling me it is time (past time) to create an online history of Irish Lowell. This could include histories of the churches, schools, organizations, and the cemeteries (St. Pat’s, St Mary’s, & St. Peters. Ah, didn’t know there was a St. Peter’s did you?). We could also include a genealogy how-to page and some resources folks can check out. Photos. We’ve got dozens. Maybe a volunteer can scan the photos and we can archive them for future generations. Bibliography of sources already in print. There are lots of idea.
Good work, Dave. It’s critical that this information be captured and shared now, while there are still people around who are knowledgeable enough to place it in context for us. Congratulations.