With spring finally here, if you are looking for family-friendly (and dog-friendly) hiking trails in the Merrimack Valley, don't overlook Chelmsford's Thanksgiving Forest, sometimes also known as the Thanksgiving Ground Forest.
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
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
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
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