Then and Now: Merrimack Mills’ New Block and LHS

Lowell's New Block boardinghouse stood on Dutton Street for over 120 years before it fell to mid-century 'progress' in 1966.

The Prince Grotto and Its Place in Lowell Restaurant History

Prince Grotto ad (ca. 1985) When it opened just before Memorial Day in 1959, Lowell's Prince Grotto Restaurant promised big things. "New England's finest Italian restaurant," they said, catered to "those who know and appreciate fine foods elegantly served." And for nearly thirty years, the Prince Grotto served fine Italian, American, and French cuisine from…Read more The Prince Grotto and Its Place in Lowell Restaurant History

Harvard Brewery – A Lowell Tale of Fires, Wartime Enemy Sympathizers, and Prohibition Raids

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

Old Group Photos: Someone Else’s Ancestors

Maybe you love to stare into the faces of those captured in long-ago photographs and search for a lost image of a long-dead ancestor.  Maybe you just like old photos. In our family, we’ve had an old group photograph from 1924 for … well, since it was taken in 1924.  The story behind the photograph…Read more Old Group Photos: Someone Else’s Ancestors

Lowell’s Early History, Hidden in Plain Sight.

Where would you find the site of Lowell's first kindergarten, first day nursery, first night school, and first foray into community education? Where would find one of the city's few buildings remaining from the 1820s? Would you go to one of the city's downtown parking garages? Probably not, but that's just where you'd see all…Read more Lowell’s Early History, Hidden in Plain Sight.