New England Heritage Days 2015


Join us on October 1 and 2, 2015 at Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, MA for HOME's Annual New England Heritage Days! 

Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation – including immigrant families and early female factory workers – into an uncertain new industrial era. At Lowell National Historical Park, we will hear stories of innovation in technology and engineering, and of people who came from faraway lands looking to make a better life for themselves and their families. Come to explore Lowell, a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution!

Cost: Pre-registration is required. Please use the pre-registration form at the bottom of the page.


Adults $8.00; Youths (6-16) $8.00; Seniors (62+) $6.00; Children under 6 free. (Program is recommended for grades 3 -12.)

Directions and Parking

Overnight Accommodations

Meals: Bring a bag lunch on Friday!

Our Schedule of Events is as follows:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

* 1:30pm - Arrive at the Visitor's Center


* 2:00pm - Meet HOME group to watch Visitor's Center multi-media presentation, Lowell: the Continuing Revolution.


* 2:30pm - Views of Lowell Trolley Tour 

Discover the diversity and variety of Lowell's stories. Find out about the famous Mill Girls, the technology that powered the mills, the ways that immigrants have contributed to the industrial city, and how all of these have shaped both the city's past and its present.


* 5:00pm - Group Dinner - TBD

Friday, October 2, 2015

* 9:00am - Arrive at the Visitor's Center

Our full day program will include two hands-on workshops, as well as tours of the park sites led by professional educators.


We'll visit the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and hear the roar of a 1920s weave room with operating power looms! The Boott Cotton Mills Museum includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell.Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit


We'll also explore the history of "mill girls" and immigrants in a Boott Mill Boardinghouse. The Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit tells the human story of the Industrial Revolution through the experiences of the working people of Lowell. 


* 9:15am - 1:15pm - Bale to Bolt and Museum Tours

As textile production shifted from home production to mills in the early 19th-century, the northern mill economy relied on cotton grown by enslaved people on southern plantations. Through hands-on activities, students examine the advantages and disadvantages of economic and technological change as it affected life and work for Americans—enslaved and free.


Students will:

- Investigate the time-consuming process of producing cloth by hand and weave their own cloth on hand looms.

- Inspect a cotton gin and power loom to identify how changes in technology influenced work on plantations and in factories.

- Examine how connections between mill owners and cotton planters affected mill workers and enslaved people.

- Explore the boardinghouse to find out how Lowell's "mill girls" spent their leisure time and what their "home" life was like. 

* 11:00-11:30am - Lunch (bring a bag lunch)

* 2:00pm - Workers on the Line 
During the Industrial Revolution, the new factory workplace changed the nature of work and the relationships between workers and management – which continue to evolve in our modern industrial age.

Students will:

- Immerse themselves in producing printed “cloth” on an assembly line and experience fluctuations in work conditions.
- Consider joining a union to gain power in the corporate system, possibly engaging mill management in collective bargaining. 
- Use Visual Thinking Strategies to investigate child labor - past and present, in the U.S. and abroad.
- Explore the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and boardinghouse to gather information to form and support an opinion about work and life in a mill town. 

* 3:00pm - Depart


Pre and post-visit curriculum materials are available at


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Please Pre-register using the form below. 

Pre-Registration Form
Please use this form to pre-register for New England Heritage Days.
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