Interview: Lowell Historical Society on the LAB’s “Talking Information Center”


This is a cross-post from the Lowell Historical Society’s new blog site.
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An oversize panoramic view of Lowell and the Merrimack River reprinted from the 1850′s.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk about the Lowell Historical Society and the history of Lowell for the Lowell Association for the Blind’s “Talking Information Center.” Host Jim Barrett invited me to participate in this important LAB program. The Talking Information Center is an award winning radio reading service that broadcasts the reading of printed material over an extensive network of commercial and noncommercial radio and cable TV outlets in Massachusetts. The LAB outlet has just undergone an upgrade of the studio and installed state-of-the-art technology for the use and training of clients, volunteers and staff in their efforts to reach out and connect with the visually-impaired and print-handicapped population of Greater-Lowell and Massachusetts – keeping them more informed.

I was particularly interested in seeing the facilities since the upgrade was enabled by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation where I am a founding and active member of the grants Distribution Committee. The money was well-granted! Executive Directive Elizabeth Cannon runs a great operation.

In the interview I talked about my own history and roots in the Lowell community, how I got involved in the Lowell Historical Society and what the Society means to Lowell and the study and preservation of Lowell History. Never shy about this subject, I found the time just flew by and as with interviews of this nature – lots of stories were told! I hope that the listeners will come away with a better understanding of the Lowell Historical Society and its important place in the community when the interview airs in early November.

Thanks again to Jim and Elizabeth for the opportunity.

Learn more about the Lowell Association for the Blind here at their website: