That Harvard Brewery building stares at you, like it has a secret. Because it does. When you pull in to park at Lowell's Target, those twelve little windows peer forward, each covered with corrugated sheet metal that's been painted the color of pistachio ice cream. (Why?) That Harvard Brewery building has ghosts like anything that…Read more Harvard Brewery – A Lowell Tale of Fires, Wartime Enemy Sympathizers, and Prohibition Raids
It's no secret that Lowell of long ago was more rural, especially in its outskirts - which included the land where Cross Point, Showcase Cinema and Route 3 now sit today. As you drive along Lowell's Route 110 East today (also known as Chelmsford Street), you'll cross into Lowell just before you pass under Route…Read more Behind the White Fence: Lowell’s Poor Farm
Over 80 years ago, a blacksmith at Lowell's Boott Mills wanted a career change. He saved his money, bought a dairy farm on Stevens Street, and a plot of swampy land no one wanted not too far away in Chelmsford. He started his dairy farm, and used his revenues to cart in tons of dirt…Read more The Birth of a Chelmsford Landmark
In November 2014, the inspiration came to Mark. He was listening to the 99% Invisible podcast, which was running a story on how the city of Portland, Oregon wanted to redesign its municipal flag. Proponents of the change complained that the city’s flag was, basically, a city seal on a bed sheet. Mark thought about that, and wondered what Lowell’s flag looked like.
At the Lowell Historical Society, we get to see and study some really interesting artifacts, like the wooden stake from the Central Bridge fire of 1882 or the Hi Hat Guy from Lowell's Hi-Hat Rollaway, or even the Box of Cinders from the Pollard's Department Store fire of 1926. A lot of these, we inherited from long…Read more Among the Artifacts: Merrimack Mills Employee Badges from Long Ago
During these last few weeks, we've been busy at the Lowell Historical Society. As we near the end of our 2013-2014 year, we had our annual meeting last weekend at Lowell's Pollard Memorial Library where our society's Vice President Kim Zunino spoke about some of the fascinating finds she's encountered in the attic of Lowell's City…Read more From the Curator’s Desk: The Wooden Stake in our Collection
In our last post, we revealed how we learned that the Hi Hat figurine within our collection was carved in the likeness of former Hi Hat owner, Mo Rochette, who was also famous as the 'old guy' behind the snack bar at the Hi Hat during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. But to get there,…Read more The Early History of Lowell’s Hi Hat Rollaway