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.

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 we

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 we

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos
09/17/2021

Timeline Photos

If you missed "When the Walls Trembled: The Fall of the Pemberton Mill", catch it on our YouTube channel. Learn how this tragedy in Lawrence started a public safety movement. Especially poignant in the wake of the Surfside, FL condo collapse. http://ow.ly/9bBR50G8qlb

TODAY! Be sure to come by the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park  table to get your FREE Trolley Tour tickets!F...
09/06/2021

TODAY! Be sure to come by the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park table to get your FREE Trolley Tour tickets!

FREE 50 minute tour of Lawrence. Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at Noon until 4:30pm.

Tours in Spanish will depart at 2:00pm and 3:30pm.

Photos from Bread & Roses Heritage Festival's post
09/06/2021

Photos from Bread & Roses Heritage Festival's post

09/05/2021

Let’s stay safe. Read the Covid Precaution Protocols,
https:www.breadandrosesheritage.org/covid19-info and have a great day of music, talk, tours, fun and community. Want to get vaccinated? There will be a vaccination pop up clinic at the Festival.
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Graphic Design by Mark Saffie

98th Annual Feast of the Three Saints Promo
09/03/2021
98th Annual Feast of the Three Saints Promo

98th Annual Feast of the Three Saints Promo

Labor Day Weekend 2021 the Saints Alfio, Filadelfo & Cirino Society is proud to present the 98th Annual Feast of the Three Saints!The Feast opens at noon on ...

Thanks to friend of the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park  Louise Sandberg for helping us celebrate our 35th b...
09/03/2021

Thanks to friend of the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Louise Sandberg for helping us celebrate our 35th birthday and for this great photo of former Governor Michael Dukakis and First Lady Kitty Dukakis.

Thanks to friend of the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Louise Sandberg for helping us celebrate our 35th birthday and for this great photo of former Governor Michael Dukakis and First Lady Kitty Dukakis.

Photos from Lawrence History Center's post
09/02/2021

Photos from Lawrence History Center's post

What a great day sharing all the events and accomplishments of the Lawrence  Heritage State Park, with the people who ma...
09/02/2021

What a great day sharing all the events and accomplishments of the Lawrence Heritage State Park, with the people who made it all happen! We will be posting more photos in the days ahead. If you have any photos or memories important to you- please post in the comments.
Thank you The Eagle-Tribune was covering arts and culture.

What a great day sharing all the events and accomplishments of the Lawrence Heritage State Park, with the people who made it all happen! We will be posting more photos in the days ahead. If you have any photos or memories important to you- please post in the comments.
Thank you The Eagle-Tribune was covering arts and culture.

HAPPENING NOW! Former Governor Michael Dukakis addresses the crowd gathered at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor ...
09/01/2021

HAPPENING NOW! Former Governor Michael Dukakis addresses the crowd gathered at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center!

HAPPENING NOW! Former Governor Michael Dukakis addresses the crowd gathered at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center!

08/31/2021
You are hereby invited to the 35th Anniversary Celebration for Lawrence Heritage State Park, Wednesday, Sept. 1st at 11:...
08/26/2021

You are hereby invited to the 35th Anniversary Celebration for Lawrence Heritage State Park, Wednesday, Sept. 1st at 11:30 AM as we welcome our special guests, former governor Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty, who officially opened Lawrence Heritage on Labor Day, Sept. 1st, 1986 and have graciously agreed to return to help us mark 35 years of serving the public!

Gov. Dukakis conceived the Heritage State Parks in the early 80's in nine economically depressed cities to celebrate a community of heritage, encourage private development, revitalize downtowns and create a vibrant urban landscape for all to enjoy. The Heritage State Park system was a catalyst (as in Lawrence) in helping to revitalize and promote economic development and tourism in these cities that had fallen on hard times.

Other dignitaries will also be in attendance, and we will have cake and a light lunch, sponsored by the Friends of LHSP. Please see, and share, the attached invitation, and please RSVP to: [email protected]

We will make this event as safe as possible for everyone, likely holding it outdoors (weather permitting) in Visitors’ Center Park. Masks will be at your discretion. And, as both paid and free parking are limited in downtown Lawrence, carpooling is suggested. (For those who are able to walk, free parking is available at nearby Pemberton Park at Canal and Amesbury streets.)

You are hereby invited to the 35th Anniversary Celebration for Lawrence Heritage State Park, Wednesday, Sept. 1st at 11:30 AM as we welcome our special guests, former governor Michael Dukakis and his wife Kitty, who officially opened Lawrence Heritage on Labor Day, Sept. 1st, 1986 and have graciously agreed to return to help us mark 35 years of serving the public!

Gov. Dukakis conceived the Heritage State Parks in the early 80's in nine economically depressed cities to celebrate a community of heritage, encourage private development, revitalize downtowns and create a vibrant urban landscape for all to enjoy. The Heritage State Park system was a catalyst (as in Lawrence) in helping to revitalize and promote economic development and tourism in these cities that had fallen on hard times.

Other dignitaries will also be in attendance, and we will have cake and a light lunch, sponsored by the Friends of LHSP. Please see, and share, the attached invitation, and please RSVP to: [email protected]

We will make this event as safe as possible for everyone, likely holding it outdoors (weather permitting) in Visitors’ Center Park. Masks will be at your discretion. And, as both paid and free parking are limited in downtown Lawrence, carpooling is suggested. (For those who are able to walk, free parking is available at nearby Pemberton Park at Canal and Amesbury streets.)

37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History
08/24/2021
37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History

37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History

The 37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place this Labor Day in Lawrence and commemorating the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. It is the region’s only Labor Day festival and also honors Lawrence’s multicultural roots and labor history. It features live performances; a tribute at the 1912 T...

Stephen Lewis, brings his extensive poster collection to the Lawrence Heritage State Park (LHSP).Visit it any day (7 day...
08/22/2021

Stephen Lewis, brings his extensive poster collection to the Lawrence Heritage State Park (LHSP).

Visit it any day (7 days/week, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM), or when you come to the Bread & Roses Festival on Labor Day. The LHSP is two short blocks from the Campagnone Common at 1 Jackson Street.

Thank You, The Eagle-Tribune and Terry Date, for covering arts and culture in Lawrence, MA.

Lawrence Heritage State Park
#poster #posterdesign #posterart #ActivistArt #womensrights
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Stephen Lewis, brings his extensive poster collection to the Lawrence Heritage State Park (LHSP).

Visit it any day (7 days/week, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM), or when you come to the Bread & Roses Festival on Labor Day. The LHSP is two short blocks from the Campagnone Common at 1 Jackson Street.

Thank You, The Eagle-Tribune and Terry Date, for covering arts and culture in Lawrence, MA.

Lawrence Heritage State Park
#poster #posterdesign #posterart #ActivistArt #womensrights
https://eagletribune-cnhi-app.newsmemory.com/...

Labor Day is coming right up! Be sure to come the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park tent to reserve your FREE ...
08/20/2021

Labor Day is coming right up! Be sure to come the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park tent to reserve your FREE TROLLEY TOUR ticket!

We are so excited about this lineup! Schedule coming soon!

Logo Design by Celeste Cruz

Yeah! Boat tours on the Merrimack are back. Call today to make a reservation.Tours last 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Our ...
08/05/2021

Yeah! Boat tours on the Merrimack are back. Call today to make a reservation.

Tours last 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Our boat, fondly known as "the barge" accommodates 18 passengers. Seats must be reserved by calling the Heritage Park Visitor Center. The program is offered in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program (Bashara Boathouse, 1 Eaton Street, Lawrence), a local non-profit partner which maintains the boat, provides parking, restroom facilities, and lifejackets. Tours leave from the GLCBP's boathouse and, per DCR policy, the boat is piloted by a Coast Guard licensed and insured captain.

Interpretation on the tour will be done by summer seasonal interpreter Rich Padova. Rich is a history professor at Northern Essex Community College and is more than qualified to lead the tours. His interpretation includes:

- The natural history of the Merrimack River
- Early settlement of the region
- The vital role the river played in Lawrence's industrial development

Tours go rain or shine. Hats and sunscreen strongly recommended.
Limited capacity; reservations required. Call Lawrence Heritage State Park at 978-794-1655 for information and reservations.

Yeah! Boat tours on the Merrimack are back. Call today to make a reservation.

Tours last 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Our boat, fondly known as "the barge" accommodates 18 passengers. Seats must be reserved by calling the Heritage Park Visitor Center. The program is offered in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program (Bashara Boathouse, 1 Eaton Street, Lawrence), a local non-profit partner which maintains the boat, provides parking, restroom facilities, and lifejackets. Tours leave from the GLCBP's boathouse and, per DCR policy, the boat is piloted by a Coast Guard licensed and insured captain.

Interpretation on the tour will be done by summer seasonal interpreter Rich Padova. Rich is a history professor at Northern Essex Community College and is more than qualified to lead the tours. His interpretation includes:

- The natural history of the Merrimack River
- Early settlement of the region
- The vital role the river played in Lawrence's industrial development

Tours go rain or shine. Hats and sunscreen strongly recommended.
Limited capacity; reservations required. Call Lawrence Heritage State Park at 978-794-1655 for information and reservations.

07/27/2021

Beginning the week of July 11, 2021 --

Mondays at 10:00 AM:

“POETRY IN MOTION” Robert Frost Walking Tour
Join us for a walking tour of the downtown neighborhood where poet Robert Frost lived and worked. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM:

A WALK TO THE GREAT STONE DAM
Join us for a walking tour of Lawrence’s historic mill district, through Pemberton Park, and leading to the base of the Great Stone Dam while learning about the waterpower system for the textile mills. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

July 14 to 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM:

BROWN BAG WEDNESDAYS
Join us in our third floor Community Room for this educational program on local history and beyond. Each Wednesday park staff and others will conduct presentations on different historical topics. Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and cookies. A microwave oven is also available.

Thursdays at 10:00 AM:

GATEWAY TO LAWRENCE WALKING TOUR
Join us for a walking tour of the Gateway District and learn about its revitalization and transformation as the city’s entryway. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Fridays at 10:00 AM:.

MONUMENTS AND MARTYRS WALKING TOUR OF THE CAMPAGNONE COMMON
Join us and learn about a variety of monuments and markers dedicated to Lawrencians who fought for their country in various wars. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

NOTE: The walking tours, which are one-half to one mile round-trip and last approximately 90 minutes, as well as indoor guided tours of the exhibits in the Visitors Center, are all available at other times. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 978-794-1655.

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center is located at:
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. For information, reservations, or directions, call 978-794-1655, email [email protected]
or see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/lwhp.htm.

THIS SATURDAY! ALL ARE INVITED!
07/26/2021

THIS SATURDAY! ALL ARE INVITED!

THIS SATURDAY! ALL ARE INVITED!

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park threw Lawrence native Jim Beauchesne a retirement party tonight to celeb...
07/24/2021

The Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park threw Lawrence native Jim Beauchesne a retirement party tonight to celebrate his 23 years as Visitor Services Supervisor!

It was a beautiful evening at the Bashara Boathouse honoring Jim, sharing memories, recognizing the depth of his knowledge of Lawrence history, his contributions to furthering the labor movement and telling the stories of immigrants, and his overall service and commitment to the people and community of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

In his speech Jim said (paraphrasing) that he has always felt the the actions of the workers in Lawrence during the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike were on par with Gettysburg. Both were no doubt critical turning points in American history.

We wish Jim well as he enjoys his well earned retirement. The button he is wearing in the first photo says: "Goodbye tension, hello pension"

One of Jim's final characteristically generous wishes, inspired by Mary Girouard of course, was that the Friends membership reach 100. Thanks to all who have renewed, joined, sponsored others, and to a final push this evening sponsored by Dave O'Neill, a former LHSP park supervisor, we reached the magic number!

Jim's last day at the Park is Monday, July 26 (which also happens to be his birthday...). Stop in and wish him well! He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to work alongside him for so many years.

We love you, Jim! Please don't be a stranger. ♡

Event catered deliciously by The Party Connection, Methuen, MA.

Photo credit: Susan Grabski, Treasurer, Friends of LHSP

Our dear friend Jim Beauchesne is retiring next week! One of his final wishes as Visitor Services Supervisor is for the ...
07/20/2021

Our dear friend Jim Beauchesne is retiring next week!

One of his final wishes as Visitor Services Supervisor is for the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park to reach 100 members!

We're at 75 now ... let's make his wish come true!

JOIN TODAY at:

https://friendsoflawrenceheritage.org/membership/

Our dear friend Jim Beauchesne is retiring next week!

One of his final wishes as Visitor Services Supervisor is for the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park to reach 100 members!

We're at 75 now ... let's make his wish come true!

JOIN TODAY at:

https://friendsoflawrenceheritage.org/membership/

07/17/2021
Beginning the week of July 11, 2021 --Mondays at 10:00 AM:“POETRY IN MOTION” Robert Frost Walking TourJoin us for a walk...
07/01/2021

Beginning the week of July 11, 2021 --

Mondays at 10:00 AM:

“POETRY IN MOTION” Robert Frost Walking Tour
Join us for a walking tour of the downtown neighborhood where poet Robert Frost lived and worked. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM:

A WALK TO THE GREAT STONE DAM
Join us for a walking tour of Lawrence’s historic mill district, through Pemberton Park, and leading to the base of the Great Stone Dam while learning about the waterpower system for the textile mills. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

July 14 to 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM:

BROWN BAG WEDNESDAYS
Join us in our third floor Community Room for this educational program on local history and beyond. Each Wednesday park staff and others will conduct presentations on different historical topics. Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and cookies. A microwave oven is also available.

Thursdays at 10:00 AM:

GATEWAY TO LAWRENCE WALKING TOUR
Join us for a walking tour of the Gateway District and learn about its revitalization and transformation as the city’s entryway. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Fridays at 10:00 AM:.

MONUMENTS AND MARTYRS WALKING TOUR OF THE CAMPAGNONE COMMON
Join us and learn about a variety of monuments and markers dedicated to Lawrencians who fought for their country in various wars. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

NOTE: The walking tours, which are one-half to one mile round-trip and last approximately 90 minutes, as well as indoor guided tours of the exhibits in the Visitors Center, are all available at other times. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 978-794-1655.

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center is located at:
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. For information, reservations, or directions, call 978-794-1655, email [email protected]
or see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/lwhp.htm.

Beginning the week of July 11, 2021 --

Mondays at 10:00 AM:

“POETRY IN MOTION” Robert Frost Walking Tour
Join us for a walking tour of the downtown neighborhood where poet Robert Frost lived and worked. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM:

A WALK TO THE GREAT STONE DAM
Join us for a walking tour of Lawrence’s historic mill district, through Pemberton Park, and leading to the base of the Great Stone Dam while learning about the waterpower system for the textile mills. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

July 14 to 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM:

BROWN BAG WEDNESDAYS
Join us in our third floor Community Room for this educational program on local history and beyond. Each Wednesday park staff and others will conduct presentations on different historical topics. Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and cookies. A microwave oven is also available.

Thursdays at 10:00 AM:

GATEWAY TO LAWRENCE WALKING TOUR
Join us for a walking tour of the Gateway District and learn about its revitalization and transformation as the city’s entryway. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

Fridays at 10:00 AM:.

MONUMENTS AND MARTYRS WALKING TOUR OF THE CAMPAGNONE COMMON
Join us and learn about a variety of monuments and markers dedicated to Lawrencians who fought for their country in various wars. Meet in the lobby of the Visitors Center at 1 Jackson Street. Weather permitting.

NOTE: The walking tours, which are one-half to one mile round-trip and last approximately 90 minutes, as well as indoor guided tours of the exhibits in the Visitors Center, are all available at other times. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 978-794-1655.

Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center is located at:
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. For information, reservations, or directions, call 978-794-1655, email [email protected]
or see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/lwhp.htm.

Address

1 Jackson St
Lawrence, MA
01840

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

(978) 794-1655

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