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Like Lazarus, the Rialto Rises from the Verge of Oblivion

How you know Lowell's Rialto Building is largely determined by when you grew up. To the oldest among us, the Victorian-era building that has dominated Towers Corner for 140 years is the Rialto Theatre - famous for first trips to the movies, to movies that have long since become classics.

The Daniel Gage Ice Company of Lowell, Massachusetts

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

Forgotten Genealogy: A Letter Reveals Memories from Two Lifetimes Ago

Genealogists spend a lot of time immersed in old records - especially really old ones, from decades and centuries past.  These records yield valuable information in building family trees.  And, as any genealogist will tell you, every tree ends at its treetop, with the names of its brick wall ancestors, those whose parentage is unknown and…Read more Forgotten Genealogy: A Letter Reveals Memories from Two Lifetimes Ago

1918: Spanish Flu, Attitudes toward Housekeeping, and a Little Bit about Linguistic History

One of the more interesting aspects of writing a blog is seeing which topics attract the most interest.  In mid-December, I wrote a post about the Spanish flu (link below) and its spread across Massachusetts in 1918 and 1919.  Since then, it's been one of my most popular posts (placing fourth most popular of the…Read more 1918: Spanish Flu, Attitudes toward Housekeeping, and a Little Bit about Linguistic History

If you were to walk . . . Boston’s North Union Station, 1895

Any discussion on "Lost Boston" has to include Boston's North Union Station, which once stood on Causeway Street, on the current site of the TD Garden (better known locally as "the Boston Garden" and by some as the "Fleet Center").  North Union Station, which consolidated the operations of four different railroads into one building, was…Read more If you were to walk . . . Boston’s North Union Station, 1895

Abraham Lincoln’s Visit to Lowell, 1848

If you spend a considerable amount of time reading turn-of-the-(twentieth)-century editions of the local papers of Lowell, Massachusetts, you'll soon come across the name of Samuel P. Hadley, who presided as a Justice for the Lowell Police Court for close to three decades.  In fact, I think a few of the people I've researched for…Read more Abraham Lincoln’s Visit to Lowell, 1848

Unexpected Family Tree Finds – Western Electric’s Merrimack Valley Works

Sometimes, you need to work really hard to land the latest find in your family tree discoveries.  Sometimes, family history finds just fall in your lap.  Before going to work yesterday morning, I stopped at the barber shop, and checked Facebook while waiting for my turn in the chair.  And I found - quite a…Read more Unexpected Family Tree Finds – Western Electric’s Merrimack Valley Works