At the Lowell Historical Society, we run across some interesting items in our collection of historical artifacts. Recently, we came across this pocketwatch, dated 1900, with its old-timey reference tag still attached.
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
At the Lowell Historical Society, we sometimes get the question: "Hey, what's the strangest thing you have in your collection?" That's a tough question to answer. The Lowell Historical Society has been around for a long time. I'm reminded of this each time I visit our archive. Just this morning, I found a book, one…Read more From the Curator’s Desk: Odd Old Things – The Box of Cinders
Recently, I've been following some really interesting discussion on the "You Know Your from Lowell When" Facebook group. It's been about Wigginville, the South Lowell neighborhood that's probably better known for its local landmarks: the Six Arch bridge, Riverside School, and the Dizzy Bridge - that ancient footbridge that doubles as a teenage dare/deathtrap and…Read more An Early History of ‘Wild Wigginville’: Why Concord Heights isn’t a Lowell Neighborhood today
In the wake of the New England Hurricane of 1938, Oscar Grenier found work with the W.P.A. cleaning up storm damage near the Farnan Private Hospital for the Aged on North Billerica’s Mt. Pleasant Street. Grenier first noticed the smoke rising from the hospital just after 10 AM on September 30, 1938. He, George Lindsay,…Read more The Day North Billerica’s Hospital Nearly Burnt Down, 1938
In the years following the US Civil War, roller skating really came into its own. As the design of the roller skate improved over the second half of the 19th century, so did its popularity. Many became fans of the new hobby. Many others viewed it as immoral and a threat to the order of…Read more The Controversial First Days of Roller Skating Rinks, Lowell – 1885
In the Lowell of our parents and grandparents, a yellow horse-drawn wagon coming down a city street in high summer meant an approaching escape from the summer heat. City children knew each ice man driving the yellow wagons, and often relished jumping aboard for a piece of ice and a ride down the road, or…Read more The Daniel Gage Ice Company of Lowell, Massachusetts