Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park

Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park The Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park formed in 1999 to support the Park and its activities. The principal founding member was Mary Girouard, a long-time volunteer at the Park as well as a long-time member of the Park's Advisory Board.
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The first President was Jonas Stundza, another experienced Park volunteer and avid local historian. We quickly became a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The Friends first service to the Park was to act as a fiscal agent, receiving grant funds to support Park programs. Over time the Friends have gradually increased our activity to the point that we now conduct or support several events per year, as well as raising money to support Park maintenance and improvements. The Friends elect Officers and other Board members who meet monthly, and hold an annual meeting in the Fall. The Friends keep membership fees low, and have approximately 75 members. If you appreciate the Park, and the work the Friends do to support it, please consider joining. Friends members are kept up-to-date on events by mail or email notices. Lawrence Heritage State Park opened to the public in 1986. As a part of the state's system of Heritage Parks, it has a broad mission: to preserve and reuse historic structures in the city: to celebrate local history and culture; to offer educational and cultural programming; to provide a community meeting space; to provide recreational green space in the city; to offer these amenities to Lawrencians and to visitors, and by doing all of the above, to be a catalyst for the city's revitalization. Starting with the Visitor Center in an original mill worker boardinghouse, the Park has grown to include Visitor Center Park, the North Canal Walkway, Pemberton Park, Riverfront Park and the Bashara Boathouse. The Park is a unit of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, successor to the Department of Environmental Management, under which the Heritage Parks were created.

Operating as usual

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Board of Directors met this morning. Led by President Joseph Bella, the ...
09/30/2020

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Board of Directors met this morning.

Led by President Joseph Bella, the Board is busy planning their upcoming virtual Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM on Zoom. Please SAVE THE DATE! Details are forthcoming!

The White Fund Lecture Series presents:"Building the City of Lawrence: The 175th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First...
09/24/2020

The White Fund Lecture Series presents:
"Building the City of Lawrence: The 175th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First of the Irish Immigrants" Virtual Presentation

[Note: This event is also part of Essex National Heritage Area Trails & Sails]

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Click here to complete Zoom registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4wcqlqsbTyWEoQ_iDvt-fQ

This year, 2020, marks a major milestone anniversary in the rich and storied history of immigration in the city of Lawrence. In 1845, the first immigrant ethnic group to settle in the city of Lawrence – the Irish – began arriving in an effort to escape the devastating effects of the Great Potato Famine that was ravaging Ireland and to start a new life. Once here, many of the Irish found employment in construction and built the infrastructure such as the Great Stone Dam and the mills as well as the hand-digging of the canals that was vital to developing the city of Lawrence into the great textile manufacturing center that it became. This presentation will examine the role of the Irish in the early development of Lawrence and their progression from there.

Richard Padova, M.Ed, M.A., teaches in the Global Studies Department, the Department of Academic Preparation and the Center for Adult Education at Northern Essex Community College. During the summer, he is a historical tour interpreter at Lawrence Heritage State Park, where he provides museum tours of the visitors’ center, walking tours of the historic mill district and narrated boat tours of the Merrimack River. Richard has also written three books – First In The Nation: One Insider’s View of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary; Who Are They? A Look at Vice-Presidential Spouses From Abigail Adams to Karen Pence; and due out this fall, Concession Speech: Portraits of America’s Unsuccessful Presidential Candidates. Richard is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board at Northern Essex, Andover Center for History and Culture, Lawrence History Center, Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park, Parish Pastoral Council of St. Augustine’s Church in Andover and the St. Alfio Society in Lawrence.

Did you miss the virtual Great Stone Dam Tour premier last Saturday? Enjoy it at http://www.lawrencehistory.org/tour/gre...
09/21/2020

Did you miss the virtual Great Stone Dam Tour premier last Saturday? Enjoy it at http://www.lawrencehistory.org/tour/greatstonedam

The Great Stone Dam Virtual Tour was led by Jim Beauchesne, Visitor Services Supervisor at Lawrence Heritage State Park, filmed and edited by Barbara Buls, and co-edited by Brett Power -- all from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation.

The video debuted during the Lawrence History Center's Annual Meeting on September 19, 2020, the 175th anniversary of the very first granite block being laid by the Essex Company in the creation of the Great Stone Dam. The date the very last granite block was laid? Exactly 3 years later on September 19, 1848.

Special thanks to:

Lawrence Heritage State Park
Pacific Mills Acquisitions, LLC
Lawrence History Center

Credits:

Music
Steadfast by Blue Dot Sessions (http://www.sessions.blue)

Images:
Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection (https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/collections/commonwealth:qf85nn655)

The first viewing of the virtual tour was also a part oEssex National Heritage Areaea Trails & Sails.

Lawrence History LIVE on Zoom!https://zoom.us/j/9462040510012:00pmSusie Rivo, Rochelle Ruthchild, and Libby Bouvier, Dir...
09/07/2020
2020 Lawrence History Live! | breadrosesfestival

Lawrence History LIVE on Zoom!
https://zoom.us/j/94620405100

12:00pm

Susie Rivo, Rochelle Ruthchild, and Libby Bouvier, Director/Producer and Executive Producers, respectively, of LEFT ON PEARL

LEFT ON PEARL: Documenting Bread and Roses' legacy in Boston's women's liberation movement of the early 1970s

12:30pm

Members of the Lawrence History Live! committee

A Deep Dive into this Year’s Logo: From Lawrence suffragist Ella Findeisen to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

1:00pm

Community Forum

Organizing during the time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter: Young People Speak Out

2:00pm

Kerri Arsenault in conversation with David Vermette

Environmental Legacies and Franco-American Legacies in Maine’s mill towns

2:30pm

Tom Juravich

“Bread and Roses”- The Evolution of a Song, Labor Songbooks, and Union Culture

3:00pm

Andrew Saksa

Jonas Smolskas: Murdered for Wearing a Union Pin

3:30pm

Genithia Hogges

Ladies of Rap: Empowerment and Exploitation

https://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/2020lawrencehistorylive

The Festival features, as part of its historical and labor exhibits, Lawrence History Live! and the Community Forum, a place for discussion of labor, industrial heritage, education, and other community  issues. Lawrence History Live! presents its 10th edition after having been created by Linda and ...

09/05/2020
Bread & Roses Heritage Festival

Walk along with Jim for a Bread & Roses Strike tour of Lawrence in English, then with Daniela in Spanish!

Kick start our the 36th annual Bread And Roses Heritage Festival Weekend with a virtual tour through Lawrence focused on the important sites of the 1912 Strike.

Comience el fin de semana del festival Pan Y Rosas con un recorrido virtual por Lawrence enfocado en los sitios importantes de la huelga de 1912.

English Version starts at the beginning of the video
Version En Espanol empieza 32:00

Please feel free to share this far and wide.

English tour : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YxAhlpCUos&t=19s
Tour En Espanol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Ar2iSnH4I&t=12s

09/05/2020

Walk along with Jim for a Bread & Roses Strike tour of Lawrence in English, then with Daniela in Spanish!

Labor Day events largely online this weekend
09/05/2020
Labor Day events largely online this weekend

Labor Day events largely online this weekend

LAWRENCE — The two Bread and Roses Festival organizers sat in Campagnone Common where in any other year a crowd would soon — on Labor Day — be gathering to

We will miss you at the LHSP this Labor Day but join us for the Bread & Roses Livestream Festival. Go to www.breadandros...
08/31/2020

We will miss you at the LHSP this Labor Day but join us for the Bread & Roses Livestream Festival. Go to www.breadandrosesheritage.org for details and schedules as they become available, as well as the Bread & Roses T Shirt & Poster Store. Please Share!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
08/28/2020

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

There's still time! Apply to work in the Facilities & Maintenance Division at Salem Maritime! Application closes Sunday, September 6th at 11:59 PM (EST).
Follow the link for a job description and to learn how to apply!

nps.gov/sama/learn/management/upload/Recruitment-Bulletin-Template-NPS-COVID-cust-wkr-2.pdf #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque (NMH)
📸: FRIENDSHIP OF SALEM at Derby Wharf

Lawrence History Center
08/18/2020

Lawrence History Center

Happy 100th Birthday of the 19th Amendment, by which women won the right to vote!

Be sure to get your 36th Annual Bread And Roses Heritage Festival (Virtual Event) t-shirts and posters online! Artist Kate Delaney designed them and organizers have made it super easy to purchase and ship!

https://breadandrosesheritage.myshopify.com/

"That legacy flows from the actions of largely forgotten, everyday women such as Ella Findeisen, a German immigrant who ...
08/16/2020

"That legacy flows from the actions of largely forgotten, everyday women such as Ella Findeisen, a German immigrant who lived on Colby Street in Lawrence and whose arrest in a historic protest helped shape public opinion around suffrage."

Ella is included in this year's 36th Annual Bread And Roses Heritage Festival (Virtual Event) logo.

"A Quest for Suffrage," by Terry Date
https://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/a-quest-for-suffrage/article_0defd0ae-065a-52dd-b099-b011ed533370.html

Gain perspective from the hill of Ferrous Park in Lawrence, MA, our fair city
08/12/2020

Gain perspective from the hill of Ferrous Park in Lawrence, MA, our fair city

Bread & Roses Heritage Festival
08/07/2020

Bread & Roses Heritage Festival

We are so excited to announce this years line up for the first ever Virtual Bread And Roses Heritage Festival! Mark your calendars and make sure to join us this Labor Day! More details coming soon!

07/31/2020
Thelma Todd Birthday Celebration

Did you miss the Thelma Todd Birthday Party? Did you see and enjoy it so much you'd like to watch it again? Well you're in luck, 'cause it's available on YouTube thanks to Lawrence Community Access Television at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxjmxrZBOTc

Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. was an American actress and businesswoman often referred to by the nickname "The Ice Cream Blonde", as well as "Hot...

Regarding the Higgins Pool closure:
07/30/2020
Lawrence public pool closed due to COVID-19

Regarding the Higgins Pool closure:

LAWRENCE — Amid this week's heat wave, a public swimming pool in South Lawrence, was closed on Tuesday due to an issue with COVID-19, according to state officials.

07/23/2020
Lawrence History Center

Lawrence History Center

NEW VIDEO thanks to Lawrence History Center volunteer Rick Wetmore!

Make sure your sound is ON.

Our own James Beauchesne giving a tour on Canal Street, Lawrence for teachers taking part in the Essex National Heritage...
07/22/2020

Our own James Beauchesne giving a tour on Canal Street, Lawrence for teachers taking part in the Essex National Heritage Area's Park for Every Classroom program today!

07/21/2020
Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program Inc.

Registration for Session 3 is filling up fast! Visit this link to get you and your family out safely on the water in Lawrence this summer!

http://www.boatingprogram.com/

Nothing beats a socially distant paddle on the Merrimack! Session 3 is filling up fast, visit our website to register for classes (link in bio)! 🌞⛵️ #SunAndSails

Friends of Harold Parker State Forest
07/11/2020

Friends of Harold Parker State Forest

Two HPSF maps designed by Friends of HPSF have been installed by DCR crews at the pavilion and Collins Pond.

07/08/2020

Beautiful photo of the park adjacent to the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center!

It's a park created within the walls of an industrial-era building.

Our decorate your house for the 4th of July contest made the front cover of Rumbo Newspaper!
07/04/2020

Our decorate your house for the 4th of July contest made the front cover of Rumbo Newspaper!

Rumbo News July 1, 2020 is now available for download

https://rumbonews.com/

Tonight, June 30, 2020, the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park presented "our great friend and supporter" Louis...
07/01/2020

Tonight, June 30, 2020, the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park presented "our great friend and supporter" Louise Sandberg with a gift to honor her retirement from her role as archivist of the Special Collections at Lawrence Public Library.

Congratulations and THANK YOU for your efforts -- spanning three decades -- to preserve our city's history! We are going to miss you!

Front page artwork by Micha Archer.
06/26/2020

Front page artwork by Micha Archer.

Now live! Check it out and sign up your business or organization. It's free! (though we welcome contributions...)
https://masshistorycommons.org

06/24/2020
Merrimack Valley Magazine

Written by the Lawrence Heritage State Park's own James Beauchesne!

1912 was a historic year - the Titanic disaster and the birth of Fenway Park come to mind. What you may not know is that an event in Lawrence that same year also had a profound effect on American history and society.

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park announce a:“Best Patriotically Decorated House/Yard” contest for the upc...
06/23/2020

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park announce a:

“Best Patriotically Decorated House/Yard” contest for the upcoming 4th of July holiday!

This contest is limited to the residents of Lawrence but may expand in the future. Residents who would like to display their patriotic spirit are invited to decorate the front of their houses and/or their front yards with red, white and blue patriotic decorations.

Participating residents should then e-mail photographs of the decorations by Friday, July 3rd to [email protected] and be sure to include their name and address. (Folks who cannot email a photo should call us to make other arrangements.)

Judging will be done by members of the Friends Board and winners will be notified by e-mail or phone. Prizes will be awarded.

Questions should be directed to the Friends at [email protected] or 978-794-1655.

Happy decorating!

Nurses care for victims of a Spanish influenza epidemic outdoors amidst canvas tents during an outdoor fresh air cure, L...
06/23/2020

Nurses care for victims of a Spanish influenza epidemic outdoors amidst canvas tents during an outdoor fresh air cure, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1918.

[Source: Hulton Archive via Getty Images]

*** BOTH POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! ***The Lawrence Heritage State Park is HIRING!LHSP is seeking candidates for 2 job ...
06/22/2020

*** BOTH POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! ***

The Lawrence Heritage State Park is HIRING!

LHSP is seeking candidates for 2 job openings for short-term summer seasonal laborers. Preference given to those age 18 or above so they can use motorized equipment.

If you know a person looking for a summer job, please send them our way!

Call the Park (978-794-1655) and ask for Dave.

Lawrence Heritage State Park
1 Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
978-794-1655
fax: 978-794-9241
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/lawrence-heritage-state-park.html

"Collective Voices" Bread and Roses Commemorative Video
06/07/2020
"Collective Voices" Bread and Roses Commemorative Video

"Collective Voices" Bread and Roses Commemorative Video

The year 2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the Great Lawrence Strike of 1912, popularly known as The Bread and Roses Strike. To commemorate this pivotal moment…

Lawrence History Center
06/06/2020

Lawrence History Center

Whether you create a new diary entry or copy/paste a post you have already made to social media, please document your experience living in Lawrence and the United States at this moment in time. Your words, photos, artwork, videos, and other documents may be uploaded at the link below.

The Lawrence History Center will compile them, post/publish (with permission only), and then add them to our archival collection for posterity and the broader telling of Lawrence history.

http://www.lawrencehistory.org/collections/remoteoralhistory/diaryentry

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