Tewksbury Historical Society

Tewksbury Historical Society The historical society for Tewksbury, MA.

LHS- Lowell Historical Society
04/13/2019
LHS- Lowell Historical Society

LHS- Lowell Historical Society

The Lowell Historical Society, in the heart of Lowell Massachusetts, an area rich in history, home to the Lowell Mills

Something to ponder as Sunday we completed our own memorial of the Tewksbury men who marched to Concord just days after ...
04/09/2019

Something to ponder as Sunday we completed our own memorial of the Tewksbury men who marched to Concord just days after this happened, on April 19, 1775.

Apr 8 1775 Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock left Boston as their spies had warned of upcoming trouble. Concord received a visit from Paul Revere who warned the citizens that the British were planning action against the town to take the powder and weapons. As a result of the warning the town decided to remove the weapons stores and hide them in neighboring towns. (Yes this means the battles of Lexington and Concord were never going to achieve their objectives for the British.)

April 8 1782 The Battle of Delaware Bay. Three British ships engaged three American Privateers that were escorting merchantmen. In what can only be described as a chaotic battle 23 yr. old Lieutenant Joshua Barney and the Americans won and captured the much larger HMS General Monk. Barney was given command of the prize.

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04/07/2019
2 modern patriots ready to join the Line of March
04/07/2019

2 modern patriots ready to join the Line of March

2019 Line of March has begun
04/07/2019

2019 Line of March has begun

Photos from Tewksbury Historical Society's post
04/07/2019

Photos from Tewksbury Historical Society's post

Public Health Museum
03/21/2019

Public Health Museum

Happy spring! The last bit of snow is melting here at the museum and we’re looking forward to warmer days. Our walking tours of the hospital campus will be starting in May! To learn more or make a reservation visit our website.

The Bostonian Society
03/17/2019

The Bostonian Society

Like a lot of people today, the British were eager to get out of Boston on March 17, 1776. But they weren't trying to escape parade crowds and mysterious green liquids trickling in the street, but George Washington and the Continental Army. #EvacuationDay http://ow.ly/f22x30o3WWw

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
03/13/2019

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The Girl Scouts were founded #otd March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. In 1961, Girl Scouts from Maryland presented flowers and a doll to President Kennedy for the First Lady to mark the organization's anniversary. #WomensHistoryMonth

Greater Merrimack Valley
03/13/2019

Greater Merrimack Valley

Good morning from Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Boston National Historical Park
03/13/2019

Boston National Historical Park

The month of March marks the 30th anniversary of one of the more bizarre moments in the National Park Service's history in Massachusetts, when the "Hancock Cannon", now on display at Minute Man National Historical Park, was rediscovered in the basement of a police station after having been misplaced for an astonishing 15 or more years. It and the "Adams Cannon" had both been on display at the Bunker Hill Monument until 1970-1972. In 1975 management of the monument switched from the now defunct Metropolitan District Commission to the National Park Service, but the "Hancock Cannon" was missing! MDC historians later explained the cannon had been removed for cleaning and simply forgotten about. Only when the Leverett Circle Police Station was being renovated in 1989 was the cannon rediscovered behind bicycles in a storage cabinet. Both cannons are believed to have been forged in London around 1760 and were stolen by Patriots in 1774 closely after the events of the Powder Alarm. At the time of the "Hancock Cannon" rediscovery the "Adams Cannon" was still displayed at the top of the Bunker Hill Monument (as shown). It is now located in a display case at the Bunker Hill Lodge. The "Hancock Cannon" is located at the North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord, MA. Oddly enough the newspaper article shown was found in our own basement at the Bunker Hill Lodge. What else could be down there!?
#HancockCannon #AdamsCannon #LostandFound #BunkerHillLodge #BunkerHillMonument #PagingDrJones

Public Health Museum
03/12/2019

Public Health Museum

Once a common treatment for the devastating effects of Polio, iron lungs are a rare sight these days. As of 2018 there were only 3 people in the U.S. still using the machines. Stop by the museum to learn more and see one for yourself! Amazing photo of the iron lung in our Infectious Disease room by @buriedbytimephotography

Lowell National Historical Park
03/12/2019

Lowell National Historical Park

#OnThisDay 97 years ago, Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts "at five o'clock in the afternoon of a red-all-over supper time" (Doctor Sax). Kerouac's first seventeen years of his life were those of a typical Franco-American youth living in Lowell. During the late 1930s Kerouac and his friends could be found shooting pool at the Pawtucketville Social Club or practicing for football and track. When he had free time Kerouac would spend hours at the Pollard Memorial Library devouring book after book.

Kerouac wrote five books largely set in Lowell, notably The Town and the City, in which he calls his hometown "Galloway". The writer gained national attention with his "road" books, such as Visions of Cody, Dharma Bums, and especially On the Road, which chronicle his restless travels. Through them he became spokesman for what he called the "Beat Generation."

#FindYourPark #LikeLowell #LowellNPS #OnThisDate

Public Health Museum
03/09/2019

Public Health Museum

Join us on Wednesday April 3rd at Tewksbury Public Library for Feeble Stones, a fascinating presentation on the final resting places of the disabled and mentally ill throughout the state’s history. The presentation starts at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

National Park Service, Museum Management Program
03/09/2019

National Park Service, Museum Management Program

Who were the “mill girls”?

The term “mill girls” was occasionally used in antebellum newspapers and periodicals to describe the young Yankee women, generally 15 - 30 years old, who worked in the large cotton factories. They were also called “female operatives.” Female textile workers often described themselves as mill girls, while affirming the virtue of their class and the dignity of their labor. During early labor protests, they asserted that they were “the daughters of freemen” whose rights could not be “trampled upon with impunity.”

Despite the hardship of mill work, women remained an important part of the textile workforce for many years. In the late 19th century, women held nearly two-thirds of all textile jobs in Lowell, with many immigrant women joining Yankee mill girls in the textile industry.

Learn more about the mill girls at Lowell at https://go.usa.gov/xEGfD. #WomensHistoryMonth #internationalwomensday

Lowell National Historical Park
03/06/2019

Lowell National Historical Park

Happy Birthday Lucy Larcom! #OnThisDate in 1824 Lucy Larcom was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. At the age of eleven she began working in the factories of Lowell to help support her widowed mother. Larcom wrote extensively while in Lowell and her poems and stories were published and well received.

After leaving her factory job at age 21, Larcom became a teacher. Her career would take her first to schools in Illinois, and then to Wheaton Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts. In 1889 Larcom wrote one of her most famous books, A New England Girlhood, which recounts her experiences working in the mills of Lowell.

To learn more about women's history in Lowell, both past and present, visit Lowell Women's Week. You can also celebrate International Women's Day 2019 at the Mogan Cultural Center (where you can read some of Larcom's words!) this Friday, March 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For a full schedule of special events going on in March, go to https://lowellwomensweek.org/.

#LikeLowell #WomensHistoryMonth #FindYourPark

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
03/06/2019

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Harbor makes a beautiful impression. ⛵ Visit us and relive the moment that sparked a revolution!
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📸: @sstasage

The Bostonian Society
03/06/2019
The Bostonian Society

The Bostonian Society

Today is the 249th anniversary of the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre. Through the many years, and the dogged efforts of the Sons of Liberty, it is an event that has reached legendary status, and the veils of mythology and time have clouded what most Americans know of the actual events. Check this entry on our blog for a good primer on the Massacre, and visit the #OldStateHouse to see more and take a specialty tour.

Boston National Historical Park
03/05/2019

Boston National Historical Park

Late in the night #onthisday in 1776, soldiers of the American Continental Army under the command of General John Thomas fortified the Heights of Dorchester south of Boston with many of the heavy siege cannons removed earlier from Fort Ticonderoga. As firing elsewhere diverted British attention, prefabricated fortifications were erected on two hilltops (the ground was too cold to dig in), reinforced with an estimated 2,000 troops, including Thomas's own young runaway son, which Thomas dutifully reported to his no doubt worried wife a few days later. "I have had very little sleep or rest this week, being closely employed day and night. But now I think we are well secured," Thomas reported. British General William Howe could only complain "The rebels have done more in one night than my whole army would have done in a month."

For a better understanding of the strategic advantage of the heights, located today in South Boston, take a walk around the park grounds and admire the Dorchester Heights Monument completed in 1902.
#DorchesterHeights #EvacuationDay

Interesting reticle from a few years ago.
02/24/2019
A history of Native Americans in Tewksbury

Interesting reticle from a few years ago.

TEWKSBURY — No­vem­ber is National Native Am­erican month. Let us reflect on the rich history of the Native American people who once lived on our land and used it’s natural

02/24/2019
A family devastated by the 1903 United States Cartridge Company explosion in Tewksbury.
02/21/2019

A family devastated by the 1903 United States Cartridge Company explosion in Tewksbury.

Edson Cemetery, Lowell. William Galloway Sr. died in the blast. His stepdaughter/2nd wife Eliza Winder Galloway died a few days later. Her young son Robert Winder died as well. Her daughter Emily Winder died the following year from her injuries.

A 29 July 1903 powder magazine explosion in Tewksbury, Massachusetts destroyed or damaged seventy homes killing 22 emplo...
02/21/2019

A 29 July 1903 powder magazine explosion in Tewksbury, Massachusetts destroyed or damaged seventy homes killing 22 employees and residents and injuring 70 more.

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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
02/08/2019

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Everyone else is doing it so we should too. Here is your #UnhistoryAThing explaining Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. (GG) #TellingAmericanStories #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #unscienceananimal

Boston National Historical Park
02/07/2019

Boston National Historical Park

We don't have any animals to unscience, but we do have a great painting done by George Healy in Faneuil Hall. #UnscienceAnAnimal

Public Health Museum
02/07/2019

Public Health Museum

American Experience | PBS
02/02/2019

American Experience | PBS

Groundhog Day has been officially celebrated on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania since 1887.

The bizarre custom has its roots in a similar German tradition involving a hedgehog. Faced with a dearth of hedgehogs in Pennsylvania, German settlers nominated another hibernating creature to take its place. (Photo: Punxsutawney Phil's centennial birthday commemoration; Reagan Library)

01/29/2019
Boston National Historical Park

Boston National Historical Park

Margaret Spalluzzi was one of the many young women who filled a critical labor need during World War II by working as a welder in the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard in Hingham, MA, from 1942-1945. Her husband, Antone, "Tony", worked in the Charlestown Navy Yard until he enlisted in the US Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater of the war. Approximatley 2,500 women worked at the Hingham Shipyard, which constructed 227 ships during the war. Thank you again for speaking with us Margaret and for your wartime service!
#HinghamShipYard #WendytheWelder #SWONs #ShipBuildingWomenoftheNavy #CharlestownNavyYard #RosietheRiveter #USSCurrituck

Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway
01/28/2019

Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway

We are excited to partner with the UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability to create a new layer on the Bay Circuit Trail Interactive Map that shows sleeping locations along the trail. These can include campsites, hotels, or conservation land that requires town approval to camp in. If you have any knowledge of places that would be applicable to such a map, please send them along to [email protected]. Thanks!

Lowell National Historical Park
01/26/2019

Lowell National Historical Park

Lowell National Historical Park will begin the process of resuming normal operations today. We will post important updates and information on our social media sites and at www.nps.gov/lowell.

Plodding through the Presidents
01/25/2019

Plodding through the Presidents

200 YEARS AGO TODAY on February 25, 1819, future first lady Louisa Adams wrote to her son George Washington Adams: "I know no two qualities more unwelcome and unpleasant to the world in general, than vanity and arrogance; and I hardly ever saw a man of a first rate understanding, and real talent, who possessed this failing."

Massachusetts Historical Society
01/17/2019
Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society

During her 9-month stay in France in 1784-1785, Abigail Adams wrote letters to female acquaintances back home describing the architecture of theatres, the designs of French gardens, and holiday customs. She also gave her perception of French women. To Hannah Quincy Lincoln Storer she described what French women communicated beyond words: “The dress of the French ladies is, like their manners, light, airy, and genteel. They are easy in their deportment, eloquent in their speech, their voices soft and musical, and their attitude pleasing.” She observed to her sister Mary that “Fashion is the Deity every one worships in this country and from the highest to the lowest you must submit.” Abigail mailed fashion magazines and patterns home so her friends could see what was a la mode. She included silk or ribbons whenever possible--along with strict instructions--so they could try the designs for themselves. Read more at www.masshist.org/blog/1713.

Tewksbury Public Library
12/20/2018
Tewksbury Public Library

Tewksbury Public Library

For this week's #TBT, click the link below to the Digital Commonwealth to view a plan of Tewksbury from the late 1700s. (TIP: You can get a better view by hitting the magnifying glass symbol and then zooming in using the "+" symbol on the bottom of the screen.)

Thanks to our friends at the library...
12/17/2018

Thanks to our friends at the library...

Have you ever wondered about all the people who lived in your house before you? This Thursday, December 20 at 12:30pm, learn how to trace the ownership history of your house using records from the Registry of Deeds. Receive helpful search tips and discover how best to access the Registry's online records at www.lowelldeeds.com. Led by Richard Howe, Jr., the Middlesex North Register of Deeds. Sponsored by The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. Register here: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/lunchtime-lecture-tba-3/. (cc: Tewksbury Historical Society)

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