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 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. 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.

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05/16/2019
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

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Welcome! Is Lawrence, Massachusetts special to you? Are you interested in history, culture, and open spaces? Do you care about the quality of life of cities, now and in the future? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should become a member of the Friends of Lawrence Heritage Sta...

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05/15/2019
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

Our www.lawrenceheritage.org web site is temporarily down. We appreciate your patience as we work to get the issue resolved.

Welcome! Is Lawrence, Massachusetts special to you? Are you interested in history, culture, and open spaces? Do you care about the quality of life of cities, now and in the future? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should become a member of the Friends of Lawrence Heritage Sta...

05/04/2019
Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library

Community, please help us share our PSA on health literacy at the Library. This program is in partnership with the Mayor's Health Task Force of Lawrence, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center's residency program, and Lawrence Youth Council. It is funded in part by the NNLM NER, National Network of Libraries of Medicine. #BecomeHealthLiterate #HealthEducation #GoodInformation #HealthyLawrence PSA in Spanish to come.

05/02/2019
04/23/2019
Triple Decker; A New England Love Story

Triple Decker; A New England Love Story

Need Your Feedback! This is a short, edited compilation of interviews and B-roll footage collected during the course of a major grant secured from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. It is intended to give you an idea of some of the areas we will cover when our film is completed. How did you like it? What do you think I should cover? Any suggests for B-Roll and/or people I should speak with? Don't worry about the amount of material given to one subject or another, or how the B-Roll segues from one interview to another. These are issues for way into the future.

Thanks to all who agreed to be interviewed and/or who pointed us in valuable directions. Thank you for helping us evaluate what you've just watched. Please comment here or send your feedback directly to me at: [email protected]

To stay involved with the progress of our film, please 'Like' our Facebook site www.facebook.com/TripleDeckerFilm
Thank you,
Marc

Triple Decker, A New England Love Story
A Compilation of the Footage Collected for Our 'In Progress' Film Generously Supported by The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
Producer/Director Marc Levitt
Cinematographer/Editor Will Lepczyk
Additional Footage by Richard Goulis and David Wells
Music by Circus Marcus
Thank You To The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and The Rhode Island Historical Society
Lawrence Historical Society
Museum L-A
Worcester Historical Museum

04/20/2019
Lawrence WW1 Project

Lawrence WW1 Project

We are looking for volunteers to help remember our veterans who died in a war that many have forgotten. Are you willing to help? You don't need to be related to a solder or from Lawrence to help. The goal is to have you video a 30-60 second spot on your phone discussing the impact the soldier/their tribute area/war had on you on the anniversary of their death. This will keep their memory alive.

On Sunday, May 4, 2019, join Lowell National Historical Park for a community conversation on the history of the labor mo...
04/19/2019

On Sunday, May 4, 2019, join Lowell National Historical Park for a community conversation on the history of the labor movement at 2p.m. (246 Market St., Lowell, MA). Admission is free. During this inaugural May Day Panel and Discussion, we will consider the question of what, to the American worker, is the relevance of May Day?

Considered an important date in the history of the eight-hour workday movement, May 1 was historically known as May Day and International Workers’ Day. Labor organizers in the late 1880s declared that this day would usher in a new era of the 8-hour workday.

This proved to be an elusive goal, though celebrations of workers and their struggles continued in earnest for decades. May First events were common throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and parades in the major cities drew tens or even hundreds of thousands.
Then, May Day took on new labels and meanings. When marked at all in the United States since the 1940s this date has more often been referred to as Loyalty Day or Law Day. This narrowed view has taken shape largely in response to the repressive policing of radical labor politics. For the 2019 community conversation on the history and meaning of May Day, Lowell NHP has convened a distinguished panel of speakers who will provide historical perspectives and insight into contemporary organizing. This year’s panel is comprised of: Robert Forrant (UMass Lowell), Jeannette Huezo (United for a Fair Economy), Traci Parker (UMass Amherst), and Elizabeth Pellerito (UMass Lowell Labor Education Program). This program is free and open to all.

Stop by the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St. to learn more about park offerings, including Lowell Talks, Hands On History, Your City Saturday, ranger led tours, and other special events. For more information on this program, contact Allison Horrocks at [email protected]. For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowell or call 978-970-5000.

Great digitized images from our friends at the Lawrence Public Library, Special Collections!
04/09/2019
City Hall, Lawrence

Great digitized images from our friends at the Lawrence Public Library, Special Collections!

An online library of photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across Massachusetts.

Always so much to do in Lawrence!
04/05/2019

Always so much to do in Lawrence!

What are you doing this weekend? Here are just SOME of the events happening in Lawrence:

- Essex Art Center Galleries: 1) Outside the Ordinary, 2) Joined by Stitch, 3) "El Taller at EAC". Runs until May 30

- Opening Reception: Lawrence Public Schools Art Exhibit | TODAY/THURSDAY 4-6pm at Lawrence Heritage State Park

- Rainbow Alianza Meeting | FRIDAY 4:30-6pm at Lawrence Arts House within Island Street Studios

- How to Start a Garden workshop by Groundwork Lawrence | SATURDAY 12-2pm at Groundwork Lawrence

- Feria Cultural/ Cultural Fair by Semana Hispana Inc | SATURDAY 3-7pm at Everett Mills Real Estate

- Big Night Hike by Lawrence Conservation Commission | SATURDAY 8-9pm at Den Rock Park

- Luncheon-Lecture about the “1919 Textile Strike of Lawrence” | SUNDAY 12-2pm at Lawrence Heritage State Park

Get the details on these events and MORE at wearelawrence.org!

04/01/2019
Under Pressure: 2019 Senior Energy Documentary

Under Pressure, a documentary created by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School (Greenfield, MA), covers the September Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally. This film explores the complex truth of natural gas as an energy source as well as the struggles of local families and small businesses as they attempt to rebuild their lives after disaster.

Energy documentary by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School, telling the story of the Merrimack Valley disaster of September 2018.

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park have a new web site! Check it out!And while you're there, take out a mem...
03/29/2019
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park have a new web site! Check it out!

And while you're there, take out a membership to help us support the Park. Thank you!

http://friendsoflawrenceheritage.org/

Welcome! Is Lawrence, Massachusetts special to you? Are you interested in history, culture, and open spaces? Do you care about the quality of life of cities, now and in the future? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should become a member of the Friends of Lawrence Heritage Sta...

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center ParkOne Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840978-794-1655friendsoflawrenceherit...
03/29/2019

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center Park
One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
978-794-1655
friendsoflawrenceheritage.org

Courtesy of Perlmutter Photography

03/27/2019
Henry Mann, Lawrence WW1 Project

From 2019 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony Honoree Marc Laplante:

March 26, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marc Laplante, Lawrence WW1 Project Creator, 978 376-6702, Twitter: @LaplanteMarc

Governor Baker Headlines Final Lawrence WW1 Project Segment, Honors Lawrence Resident Henry Mann

Lawrence, MA – After 15
months and 36 video segments, the Lawrence WW1 Project (“Project”) completed its initiative to remember Lawrence soldiers who died during that war. Governor Charlie Baker narrated a segment on Pvt. Henry Mann who died in combat and was honored by city leaders in 1940 with a bridge named after him.

About 200 Lawrence residents died in the war, and during the last 100 years, city officials honored 36 soldiers with a park, square, bridge or building named after them. The initiative tells the stories of these 36.

“The Lawrence World War 1 Project is a fitting tribute to the lives of those Lawrence residents who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Governor Baker. “I was honored to play a role in telling the story of Henry Mann and I hope this reminds all of us to never forget the contributions of many Massachusetts residents in the name of freedom and liberty.”

Marc Laplante, the Project’s creator, was thrilled that Governor Baker accepted the invitation to narrate the segment on Mann.

“History is meant to be learned and shared,” said Laplante, who also is a Lawrence city councilor. “Governor Baker’s participation in the Project will provide more exposure to a war and its soldiers who are little known today or have been forgotten.”

“The Project’s success is due to the volunteers who narrate a segment,” continued Laplante. “Bringing guest narrators expands the circle of viewers who may initially watch the video to see the narrator, and often leads to developing an appreciation for the veteran and his story.”

List of Narrators:

David Abdoo, city councilor
David Bain, former city councilor
Charlie Baker, Governor
Eileen Bernal, former city councilor
Donna Bertolino, school committee member
Peter Cesar, honoree’s great nephew
Edward “Hoppy” Curran, Vietnam Veteran/Veteran Service Officer
Marcos Devers, state representative
Nunzio DiMarca, former city councilor
Jay Dowd, former city councilor
Susan Fink, Lawrence Community Development Manager
Ashley Flores, Lawrence High School graduate
Daniel Halloran, former city councilor
Jerry Hayes, Lawrence High School teacher
Steve Holman, Lawrence High School graduate/Atlanta Hawks radio announcer
Steve Kfoury, former city councilor
Nick Kolofoles, former city councilor
Marc Laplante, city councilor
Ana Levy, city councilor
Neil Lynch, former city councilor
Patricia Mariano, school committee member
Lillian Michaud, former confidential secretary to the city council
Frank Moran, state representative
Michael Morris Sr., local attorney
Myra Ortiz, former city councilor
Joseph Parolisi, former city councilor
Pavel Payano, city councilor
Joey Porter, Lawrence High School graduate
Estela Reyes, city councilor
Daniel Rivera, Mayor
Michael Sullivan, former mayor
Kevin Sullivan, former mayor
Gwen Sweeney, Andover High School student
Michael Sweeney, MA Lottery Director/former city councilor
Roger Twomey, former city councilor
Francisco Urena, MA Secretary of Veterans’ Services
Kendrys Vasquez, City Council President
Dominique Wilkins, former NBA player/Hall of Famer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtPRPsGVDM4&feature=youtu.be

Pvt. Henry Mann died from wounds on November 16, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He is buried in France and a short bridge over the South Canal on P...

03/27/2019
Henry Mann, Lawrence WW1 Project

Henry Mann, Lawrence WW1 Project

Pvt. Henry Mann died from wounds on November 16, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He is buried in France and a short bridge over the South Canal on P...

ATTENTION LAWRENCE TEACHERS! Apply Now!Park for Every Classroom A FREE Workshop for K-12 Teachers of all disciplines –...
03/05/2019

ATTENTION LAWRENCE TEACHERS! Apply Now!

Park for Every Classroom

A FREE Workshop for K-12 Teachers of all disciplines –

July 29 - August 2, 2019 at sites within Essex County (including Lawrence)

Essex Heritage is proud to offer Park for Every Classroom (PEC), an award winning professional development program in partnership with the National Park Service based on the model of Place-Based Service Learning (PBSL)

What do I earn for participating?

- Professional Development Points (PDPs) - PDPs will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop but do not wish to implement a project
- Graduate Credit – 3 Graduate Credits ($325 paid by participant) from Salem State University will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2019-2020 school year.
- Mini Grants (amount TBD) – will be awarded on a competitive basis to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2019-2020 school year.

Apply by May 15, 2019

http://www.essexheritage.org/teacher-workshop

ATTENTION LAWRENCE TEACHERS! Apply Now!

Park for Every Classroom

A FREE Workshop for K-12 Teachers of all disciplines –

July 29 - August 2, 2019 at sites within Essex County (including Lawrence)

Essex National Heritage Area - Essex Heritage is proud to offer Park for Every Classroom (PEC), an award winning professional development program in partnership with the National Park Service based on the model of Place-Based Service Learning (PBSL)

What do I earn for participating?

- Professional Development Points (PDPs) - PDPs will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop but do not wish to implement a project
- Graduate Credit – 3 Graduate Credits ($325 paid by participant) from Salem State University will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2019-2020 school year.
- Mini Grants (amount TBD) – will be awarded on a competitive basis to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2019-2020 school year.

Apply by May 15, 2019

http://www.essexheritage.org/teacher-workshop

Lawrence Public Schools , Lawrence Public Library , Lawrence Public Schools ARTS

Lawrence History Center
03/03/2019

Lawrence History Center

LAST DAY OF VOTING!

Please vote for conference postcard image #1. “Women Marchers” (1912 Lawrence, MA Bread & Roses Strike), Roland D. Sawyer Papers, Special Collections and Archives Division, University of New Hampshire Library. (Published courtesy of UNH Library) Submitted by the Lawrence History Center.

https://masshistoryalliance.org/postcard-competition-entries/

Irish Heritage Month, March, 2019Events at Lawrence Heritage State Park Sponsored by Division 8, Ancient Order of Hibern...
02/28/2019

Irish Heritage Month, March, 2019
Events at Lawrence Heritage State Park
Sponsored by Division 8, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - OPENING RECEPTION and EXHIBIT, "The Irish of Massachusetts” and –

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2:00pm - CHRISTOPHER J. KLEIN - will discuss his book, “WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA”, in a White Fund Lecture.
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"The Irish of Massachusetts” exhibit will be on view in the Gallery through March 28, during regular Visitor Center hours: daily, 9-4.

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00pm – MARJORIE HARSHAW ROBIE, will discuss her book, “DUELING DRAGONS – THE STRUGGLE FOR IRELAND 1849 – 1875”

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 10:00am IRISH FILM FESTIVAL

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center
1 Jackson St., Lawrence; For info call 978-794-1655
All events free admission, fully accessible.

THIS SATURDAY in neighboring Haverhill!Come visit the Museum of Printing (in Haverhill) Saturday, March 2nd, for Hot Met...
02/28/2019

THIS SATURDAY in neighboring Haverhill!

Come visit the Museum of Printing (in Haverhill) Saturday, March 2nd, for Hot Metal Day! Admission is FREE! Fun for all ages!

— Watch a Linotype demonstration by John Kristensen of Firefly Press
— Cast your name or a favorite word or emoji on our Ludlow
— Print with us in the Letterpress Studio
— See the movie, “Linotype: The Film”, in the Trieste Typographic Library
— Tour the Museum too!

Learn how the Linotype changed history and why Thomas Edison dubbed it the eighth wonder of the world. See our rare 1883 second prototype called the Second Band Machine, and a 1972 Elektron II, the last model Linotype built. Check out all the Linotype specimen books and a cabinet full of unique artifacts in the Romano Library.

Admission is FREE! Fun for all ages! See our website at museumofprinting.org for more info.

This program is supported in part by grants from Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, West Newbury and Topsfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency

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1 Jackson St
Lawrence, MA
01840

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

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