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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.

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Merrimack Valley Magazine Feature! A Peek into Lowell’s Past

An article by Lowell Historical Society Curator Ryan W. Owen appears in the May/June 2016 issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, which hits Greater Lowell newsstands soon. Lowell has lots to see, and do!  Some of Lowell's best history-related points of attraction are featured in the article, A Peek into Lowell's Past. The list includes the downtown…Read more Merrimack Valley Magazine Feature! A Peek into Lowell’s Past

Among the Artifacts: Remembering Lowell’s Hi Hat Rollaway

We call him Hi Hat Guy, at the Lowell Historical Society, after the name of roller skating rink that is lettered across his red tie.  To the modern eye, Hi Hat Guy looks a little like Phil Dunphy, at least at first glance.  He's the father figure played by Ty Burrell on ABC's Modern Family.  Hi…Read more Among the Artifacts: Remembering Lowell’s Hi Hat Rollaway

Among the Artifacts: The Licensed Newsboy Badge

My fingers first brushed across the small metallic oval a few weeks ago. It was right next to Officer Lee's Lowell PD badge.  This very different badge was light, too old to be plastic.  I figured it was probably aluminum.   As I slid out the drawer at the Lowell Historical Society's archive, the flourescent…Read more Among the Artifacts: The Licensed Newsboy Badge

From the Curator’s Desk: Odd Old Things – The Box of Cinders

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