The Birth of a Chelmsford Landmark

The story of those fritters at Skip’s was also the story of John Kydd, a blacksmith at Lowell’s Boott Mills who wanted a career change 90 years ago.

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3 Quick Tips to Unlock the Secrets of an Old Lowell Photo

Photographs capture a moment in time, a moment that begins evaporating just as soon as the shutter releases. Be it seconds, minutes, years, or decades later, that photograph cannot be recreated, because the moment is gone, replaced with the next, which itself disappears into another.

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Merrimack Valley Magazine Feature – Chelmsford’s Thanksgiving Forest

We made the November/December issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, with an article on Chelmsford’s Thanksgiving Forest, just one of the many impressive open spaces in this Merrimack Valley town.  Located just a few minutes south of Chelmsford’s town center, the article on Thanksgiving Forest is especially timely, with the Annual Day before Thanksgiving Walk approaching this […]

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Groton’s Castle of Broken Dreams – Bancroft Castle on Gibbet Hill

As far as hiking trails go in Eastern Massachusetts, Groton’s Gibbet Hill offers an interesting story, as well as spectacular views.  Pronounced “jib-bet” and meaning ‘gallows,’ the name for the hill off Groton’s Route 40 comes from another hill in England and was named by Groton’s English settlers when they first came to the area in the 17th […]

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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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How would you redesign Lowell’s Flag?

In November 2014, the inspiration came to Mark. He was listening to the 99% Invisible podcast, which was running a story on how the city of Portland, Oregon wanted to redesign its municipal flag. Proponents of the change complained that the city’s flag was, basically, a city seal on a bed sheet. Mark thought about that, and wondered what Lowell’s flag looked like.

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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 […]

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