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Lowell200: Founders Part 4

Thomas Handasyd Perkins – One of Boston’s most successful merchants, Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764-1854) began as a slave trader out of Haiti and then shipped Turkish opium to China for fine silks and crockery. A model of respectability at home, he supported the Boston Athenaeum and a school for the…

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Lowell200: Founders Part 3

John Lowell Jr. – The eldest child of Francis Cabot Lowell, John Lowell Jr. moved to Lowell in 1825 where he became one of the principal shareholders of the Hamilton Manufacturing Company and led the effort to annex the Tewksbury neighborhood of Belvidere to Lowell.  Tragedy struck in 1830 John…

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Lowell200: Founders Pt II

Kirk Boott Born in Boston but sent to England to attend Rugby School, Kirk Boott (1791-1837) saw action in the Peninsular Wars against Napoleon as a British Army officer. He returned to Boston in 1817, befriended Patrick Tracy Jackson and was appointed agent to the Boston Manufacturing Company. He moved…

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Lowell200: Founders Pt I

The following is one of an occasional series of posts I’m doing in recognition of Lowell’s upcoming bicentennial in 2026. These and future profiles were first featured in my 2012 book, Legendary Locals of Lowell. Francis Cabot Lowell Francis Cabot Lowell (1775-1817) graduated from Harvard College then set up as a…

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The Lowell Review 2023

When Paul Marion and I launched The Lowell Review three years ago, we wanted to create a print product that contained original prose and poetry from writers from or connected to the Merrimack Valley. We were partly inspired by a two-part article called “In the Valley of the Poets” that…

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Franco-American Week talk this Tuesday

Québec, St. Jean Baptiste, and Poutine! A Free Slide Presentation and Talk by Marie-Josée Duquette of the Québec Government Office in Boston Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 pm Dracut Public Library Community Room 28 Arlington St., Dracut, MA How did the people of Québec come to celebrate the Nativity of…

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Happy Juneteenth

Juneteenth traces its roots to June 19, 1865, when United States Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. With General Order No. 3, Granger…

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