Lowell, Massachusetts. —   In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, Lowell National Historical Park is Bringing the Park to the People. Join us at a co-hosted series of community outreach events at neighborhood parks. You’ll find pop-up museums to discover more about this national park, neighborhood tours co-hosted by Dick Howe through Lowell Walks along with local residents, Made in Lowell’s Trailer Chat will engage community members in a dialogue of the meaning of being a “Lowellian,”  and a community weaving project made of fabric contributed by participants as residents of this historic city. 

We invite community members to bring a strip of fabric from their home expressive of who they are, their family, their culture and/or their heritage. At each event, participants will weave their fabric together with those from other community members. This assembled collection will then be incorporated with other pieces from series events throughout the City of Lowell. The community weaving project will be on display at the Lowell NHP Founder’s Day event on Saturday August 27, 2016. The project will then travel throughout the city through 2017. The goal of the project is to represent the rich history and diversity of the communities here in Lowell and celebrate the hometown of Lowell National Historical Park. 

April 23               New Year Celebration               Clemente Park

from 11am-4pm                                                     803 Middlesex St. 

May 21                 Friends of Tyler Park                 Tyler Park

from 1pm-4pm                                                        Highland Neighborhood                                                                                                                                                     51 Westford St.

May 26                 Peace in the Park                        Harmony Park,

3pm-6pm             Acre Neighborhood                    Marion & Cross St.

June 1                 Jambraree                                     Jackson Street.

from 4-7pm                                                             Hamilton Canal District 

June 11              ACRE Festival                             North Common Park

from 11am-4pm                                                     413 Fletcher St.          

August 20           Mill City Grows                         Eagle Park

from 1 – 4 pm                                                        Centraville Neighborhood                                                                                                                                                  95 Jewitt St.                 

August 27                  Centennial Founders Day       Boarding House Park

from11 am-4pm          Event 

September 10        Pawtucetville Citizens               Hawk Valley Farm

from 9-12pm         Council and Lowell Parks &    526 Varnum Ave

                              Conservation Trust                      Pawtucetville Neighborhood

September 24               Rotary Park Gardeners           Rotary Park

from 10am – 4pm        National Public Lands Day     16 Richmond St.

                                                Back Central Neighborhood                                                                                  

To learn more about this and other park offerings during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including the Steampunk Weekend, Junior Ranger program, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000, or visit www.nps.gov/lowe .