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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The Lawrence History Center invites you to make a diary entry (or daily entries!) about your experience living in Lawren...
05/08/2020

The Lawrence History Center invites you to make a diary entry (or daily entries!) about your experience living in Lawrence during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. We will compile them, post/publish, and then add them to our archival collection for posterity.
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Lo/La invitamos a que contribuya una entrada de diario (o entradas diarias!) sobre su experiencia viviendo en Lawrence durante la pandemia de COVID-19 de 2020. Recopilaremos las entradas, las compartiremos o publicaremos, y luego las agregaremos a nuestra colección de archivos para la posteridad.

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

Thanks to Terry Date at The Eagle-Tribune for the front page story highlighting the Lawrence History Center Remote Oral History and Lawrence Community Diary projects!

"Afar and up close"
The Lawrence History Center chronicles the pandemic
https://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/afar-and-up-close/article_1ce8a196-dd7a-5d7e-a85a-5b260d4ffb47.html

So far Mark Cutler and his students have conducted 4 of 6 Zoom Video Oral History interviews scheduled for this week.

The Community Diary has received dozens of entries from people of all ages and backgrounds. Please share your experiences during the pandemic (or about living in the city in general) at http://www.lawrencehistory.org/collections/remoteoralhistory/diaryentry

[Image below: LHC director Susan Grabski, bottom, and LHC collections manager Amita Kiley along with LHC board VP/Phillips Academy Spanish instructorMark Cutler talk over Zoom video conferencing about the center's new project chronicling the 2020 pandemic.]

Going once, going twice ... SOLD!
04/28/2020

Going once, going twice ... SOLD!

This Day in Lawrence History -

On this day, April 28, 1847 at 11:00 am, the Essex Company began to auction off lots of land in the newly created town on Lawrence! The map below, digitized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library is titled "Plan of lots in that part of Methuen called Lawrence: to be sold by the Essex Company at auction on the 28th of April, 1847, on the premises at 11 o'clock a.m"

Lawrence History Center holds original copies of this map in our Essex Company Collection (http://www.lawrencehistory.org/collections/essexcompany). If you've ever visited us and explored our first floor vault, you've seen this map!

To view this map in more detail, click here: https://collections.leventhalmap.org/search/commonwealth:x059c9063

We spy the boarding house that the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center is housed in - 2nd building on the right...
04/27/2020

We spy the boarding house that the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center is housed in - 2nd building on the right at 1 Jackson Street (corner of Canal and Jackson Streets)!

From the Lawrence History Center Photograph Collection:

Title: American Woolen Co. headquarters. Mill St., Lawrence
Date: [ca. 1950]

https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:rb68xp29x

Celeste Cruz used to grace the reception desk at the Lawrence Heritage State Park! Be sure to check out her wonderful wo...
04/23/2020

Celeste Cruz used to grace the reception desk at the Lawrence Heritage State Park! Be sure to check out her wonderful work!

Celeste’s Coloring Book is now available! Download here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uQuw1W61rLGbslaVbB45M5aURXVrrwUp

When you finish, post your illustrations on social media and tag us and the creator! 😌

Does (or did) your family live in a triple decker in Lawrence?
04/20/2020

Does (or did) your family live in a triple decker in Lawrence?

Does (or did) your family live in a triple decker in Lawrence?

This Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:00PM, be sure to check out:

Triple Deckers: A New England Love Story, a talk and screening by documentary filmmaker Marc Levitt

Levitt will share both a short, trailer and a longer compilation of footage from his his “in ‘in progress’” documentary, Triple Deckers: A New England Love Story, exploring how the iconic three story homes helped to create the first US suburbs, forged a multi-cultural, mixed gender American Industrial working class and through their architectural DNA helped to make a country where its citizens understood that their well being and that of their neighbors were interdependent.

Register by emailing [email protected].

https://www.rihs.org/event/virtual-virtual-valley-talks-marc-levitt-on-triple-deckers-a-new-england-love-story/

04/18/2020
Historic Trolley Tour of Lawrence

Join the President of the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Joe Bella on a Historic Trolley Tour of Lawrence!

Credit: Lawrence Community Access Television.

This video is about Historic Trolley Tour of Lawrence

Make making a daily entry in the Lawrence History Center Community Diary a ritual! Or assign it to your students as a wr...
04/16/2020

Make making a daily entry in the Lawrence History Center Community Diary a ritual! Or assign it to your students as a writing exercise! Be a part of history in real time!

Building on our new Remote Oral History project (http://www.lawrencehistory.org/collections/remoteoralhistory), please check out our new "Lawrence Community Diary: COVID-19 Pandemic 2020 | Diario comunitario de Lawrence / COVID-19 Pandemia 2020" project!

At the Lawrence History Center, we have the diaries of a young woman, Helen Annie Benker, written in 1918 and 1920. The following is an excerpt from an entry made on Wednesday, October 2, 1918, during the flu pandemic:

"...When I got home I refilled my little camphor bag which I wear, and took a drink of whiskey which we do twice a day to prevent sickness."

We invite you to make a diary entry (or daily entries!) about your experience living in Lawrence during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. We will compile them, post/publish, and then add them to our archival collection for posterity!

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En el Centro de Historia de Lawrence, tenemos los diarios de una joven, Helen Annie Benker (haga clic para la transcripción completa), escritos en 1918 y 1920. Lo siguiente es un extracto de una entrada realizada el miércoles 2 de octubre de 1918, durante la pandemia de gripe:

"... Cuando llegué a casa volví a llenar mi pequeña bolsa de alcanfor que llevo puesta, y tomé un trago de whisky que hacemos dos veces al día para prevenir enfermedades."

Lo/La invitamos a que contribuya una entrada de diario (o entradas diarias!) sobre su experiencia viviendo en Lawrence durante la pandemia de COVID-19 de 2020. Recopilaremos las entradas, las compartiremos o publicaremos, y luego las agregaremos a nuestra colección de archivos para la posteridad.

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

Are you from Lawrence? Tell us your story about your community coming together in difficult times. Let us know how you’r...
04/09/2020

Are you from Lawrence? Tell us your story about your community coming together in difficult times. Let us know how you’re faring during the current pandemic, or tell your story of resilience during other crises, such as the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, “City of the Damned” fallout, and more. We want to hear from you and include your voice in the history of Lawrence!

Follow the link to see how the Lawrence History Center is bring oral history to you!

The Lawrence History Center is pleased to announce a new project:

"Remote Oral History: Physically Distanced. Socially Connected. /
"Historia oral remota: Distanciados físicamente. Conectados socialmente."

The Lawrence History Center, at this difficult moment in our shared history, would like to capture stories of our community coming together in times of crisis. Our project, "Remote Oral History: Physically Distanced. Socially Connected.", seeks to allow people to make personal, human connections when they most need them and also to help to highlight the lives of community members in a way that reflects the current reality.

Participation methods include a brief 2-minute story and/or a full-length interview via Zoom.

To participate, please visit: http://www.lawrencehistory.org/collections/remoteoralhistory

Funded, in part, by the Lawrence Cultural Council.

Andy X. Vargas
04/07/2020

Andy X. Vargas

Please be responsible with our public spaces. We won't have them even moderately available for long, unless we all practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Heritage At Home
03/23/2020
Heritage At Home

Heritage At Home

These are challenging times in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and we are all navigating a new reality together. Despite the changes to our daily schedules, it is still important to experience the cultural, natural, and historic resources in the heritage area--even through social distancing. M...

Hi all,As you probably expected DCR has announced the closing of all State Park Visitor Centers at least through April 1...
03/15/2020

Hi all,

As you probably expected DCR has announced the closing of all State Park Visitor Centers at least through April 1.

Unfortunately that ends our Irish Month events, although Lawrence's AOH had wisely already cancelled all of its programs. I should qualify that by saying that today's would-be White Fund lecture by Joseph Blanchette, author of "The View From Shanty Pond", will likely be rescheduled in the Fall. That said, below is the state announcement making it official.

In the meantime, be safe and feel free to enjoy some fresh Spring air at our greenspaces... at a safe social distance, of course. Also do call or email if you have any questions...we'll still be coming in (or at least checking in).

Thanks,
Jim Beauchesne, VSS/LHSP
[email protected]
978-794-1655

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Temporary Closure of Certain State Conservation and Recreation Managed Facilities

BOSTON - Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced the temporary closure of certain agency managed facilities effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 through Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at which time DCR will reassess circumstances. Additionally, during the temporary closure all associated events at these locations are cancelled.

Importantly, all state parks and comfort stations across the Commonwealth remain open and available for the public to utilize. DCR reminds residents and visitors to avoid gathering in large groups, maintain social distancing, and practice healthy personal hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.​

The temporary closures of certain facilities is consistent with the State of Emergency declared by Governor Baker on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and guidance that conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings, scheduled and hosted by Executive Branch agencies involving external parties are to be held virtually or cancelled. Additionally, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 250 people to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

For information about the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

WHITE FUND LECTURE:On Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m., at the Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, One Jackson St. in Lawrenc...
03/04/2020

WHITE FUND LECTURE:
On Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m., at the Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, One Jackson St. in Lawrence, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America will be hosting a White Fund Lecture. The speaker is author Robin Gerry from N.Y. who will discuss her book, “Healing the Family Heart Holes: A Genealogical Quest to Solve an Illegal Adoption Mystery Using DNA, Old Records, and Irish Luck.” This event is FREE and Open to the Public. For more information on the book, go to:
https://www.goodreads.com/

Irish Heritage Month begins !
03/02/2020

Irish Heritage Month begins !

Today this letter from Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts is in theThe Eagle-Tribune.  We also thank the many peop...
03/01/2020

Today this letter from Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts is in theThe Eagle-Tribune. We also thank the many people mentioned for bringing this wonderful exhibit to the Lawrence Heritage State Park. Community participation and volunteers, enrich our programming throughout the year. If you or your group has an idea for programming or an exhibit, contact Jim Beauchesne at 978-794-1655, to learn more about working with the LHSP.

2020 Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Annual Membership renewal letters are in the mail! Not a member yet? Pl...
02/19/2020

2020 Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park Annual Membership renewal letters are in the mail! Not a member yet? Please join us!

Last year was a success for the Lawrence Heritage State Park because of membership support! We hosted dozens of school groups, walking and boat tours, exhibits, and community meetings and events at our thriving Visitor Center at 1 Jackson Street – a restored boarding house with two floors of interactive exhibits that tell the tale of Lawrence, one of the nation's first planned industrial cities.

The Park staff also kept busy maintaining acres of park land for community recreational use. In additional to regular maintenance, thanks to DCR, families are now able to enjoy new playground equipment at the Lawrence Riverfront State Park!

As you know, the Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that formed in 1999 to support the LHSP and its activities. Our mission is to support LHSP by acting as a fiscal agent for grants, helping to restore and revive Park features, advocating for the Park, and by conducting and supporting programs.

We hope that you are able to support our efforts in 2020 by renewing or taking out an annual tax-deductible membership today! By doing so you will receive updates about all events and activities and, most importantly, you will be a part of telling and growing the story of Lawrence, Massachusetts!

Ways to renew your ANNUAL FLHSP Membership or join as a NEW member:

Renewals:
Return the 2020 membership card and dues in the envelope provided in the mailing sent to all current members today.
OR
Renew or start a NEW membership ONLINE via credit card at www.lawrenceheritage.org/membership

Thank you in advance for your support of the Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park!

Follow the Eagle Tribune for this great exhibit! Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts
02/19/2020

Follow the Eagle Tribune for this great exhibit! Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts

Exhibit celebrating Dominican Republic's Carnaval season. The Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts has costumes on display through Feb. 27 at Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park.
Eagle-Tribune story, photos and video on Thursday.

You will know you are at the Lawrence Heritage State Park when you see the beautiful Bicknell Clock. Originally it was a...
02/17/2020

You will know you are at the Lawrence Heritage State Park when you see the beautiful Bicknell Clock. Originally it was at 407 Essex Street outside the Bicknell Brothers . Their shop opened in 1879. In 1997 the clock was moved, restored and placed in its present location at the state park.

Do you have photographs or information? Let’s us know in the comments. “The earliest notice found about Whippets is at L...
02/16/2020

Do you have photographs or information? Let’s us know in the comments. “The earliest notice found about Whippets is at Lawrence’s 1903 Semi-centennial celebration. June 1, 1903, 2:00 PM a Whippet race was held at the Spicket playstead with the prizes listed as $70, 20, and 10. No direct evidence exists to show that this race was held by a Whippet Club, but later the name was associated with a tavern located at 152 South Union Street. This was a destination for Democratic politicians and was also known as Gilligan’s after the family that owned it. William F. Gilligan was the last one. He died in 1973. The Lawrence Whippet Club died with him.” Queen City Blog, Lawrence Public Library @queencityma

02/13/2020
A detail from artist Ralph Fasanella’s massive 1977 painting, Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Strike, which hangs at ...
02/12/2020

A detail from artist Ralph Fasanella’s massive 1977 painting, Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Strike, which hangs at the Lawrence Heritage State Park. Come see the entire painting at One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.

Please note the many activities that are available to our community every week. We Are Lawrence posts a round up each we...
02/06/2020

Please note the many activities that are available to our community every week. We Are Lawrence posts a round up each week.

Hey #LawrenceMA, what are you doing this weekend? Details and more events can be found at wearelawrence.org/events

Hola #LawrenceMA, ¿qué vas a hacer este fin de semana? Los detalles y más eventos se pueden encontrar en wearelawrence.org/events

Events this weekend brought to you by / Eventos este fin de semana traídos a usted por:

- Lawrence Heritage State Park
- Lawrence Senior Center
- Lawrence Public Library
- Elevated Thought
- Feria Internacional del Libro en Lawrence
- Moderno Appliance & Furniture
- Firefly Community Center
- Lawrence High School drama club
- COCO Brown
- Lawrence Elks #65
- Salvatore's Lawrence at Riverwalk / Salvatore's Comedy Series
- Beyond Soccer, Inc.
- Groundwork Lawrence
- El Taller
- Izizwe Dance Studio
- Land of Handom
- Friends of the Lawrence Heritage State Park
- Salsa in Lawrence
- Reliefs In
and more!

Please share / Por favor comparte

Address

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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