National Park Service Turns 97 Years Old

The National Park Service is 97 years old today. The following is an excerpt from the law that made Lowell, Massachusetts, part of the system of national parks in America.—PM



Public Law 95-290

95th Congress

June 5, 1978 (H.R. 11662)

Lowell National Historical Park

16 U.S.C. 410cc.

An Act

To provide for the establishment of the Lowell National Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for other purposes.

Be in enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Findings and Purpose

Section 1. (a) The Congress finds that—

(1)   certain sites and structures in Lowell, Massachusetts, historically and culturally the most significant planned industrial city in the United States, symbolize in physical form the Industrial Revolution;

(2)   the cultural heritage of many of the ethnic groups that immigrated to the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is still preserved in Lowell’s neighborhoods;

(3)   a very large proportion of the buildings, other structures, and districts in Lowell date to the period of the Industrial Revolution and are nationally significant historical resources, including the five-and-six-tenths-mile power canal system, seven original mill complexes, and significant examples of early housing, commercial structures, transportation facilities, and buildings associated with labor and social institutions; and

(4)   despite the expenditure of substantial amounts of money by the city of Lowell and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for historical and cultural preservation and interpretation in Lowell, the early buildings and other structures in Lowell may be lost without the assistance of the Federal Government.

(b) It is the purpose of this Act to preserve and interpret the nationally significant historical and cultural sites, structures, and districts, in Lowell, Massachusetts, for the benefit and inspiration of present and future generations by implementing to the extent practicable the recommendations in the report of the Lowell Historic Canal District Commission.