Upcoming Events » The Life and Legacy of William Sumner Appleton

June 29, 2010 7:00 pm
Boott Event Center in the Boott Cotton Mill Museum
67 Kirk St.
Lowell, MA

Lowell, MA —Historic New England curator and archivist Lorna Condon will present  “The Life and Legacy of William Sumner Appleton” on Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00pm  at the Boott Event Center in the Boott Cotton Mill Museum, The talk is free and also includes a viewing of the temporary exhibit “The Preservation Movement Then and Now” in the  Boott Gallery. The presentation and exhibit are sponsored by Historic New England and Lowell National Historical Park.

The lecture explores the life and work of William Sumner Appleton, founder of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA), now called Historic New England.  In 1910 when Appleton founded SPNEA, the United States preservation movement was still in its infancy.  Using materials from Historic New England’s extensive collections, this presentation explores Appleton’s role in the context of early-twentieth-century preservation efforts and traces his legacy and influence on modern preservation efforts regionally and nationally. Appleton is the grandson of Nathan Appleton, both the owner of Lowell’s Appleton Mill and one of city’s founders.

The presentation supports Historic New England’s exhibit “The Preservation Movement Then and Now” currently on display in the Boott Gallery. The exhibit examines the start and growth of the historic preservation movement in Massachusetts. In the 19th century, the loss of the Boston home of John Hancock in 1863 spurred the preservation of Boston’s colonial resources. In the later 20th century, urban redevelopment and the creation of Lowell National Historical Park brought a preservation ethic to Lowell.

The exhibit will be open at 6:30 and the lecture starts at 7:00. The exhibit will remain open after the lecture. The preservation exhibit will remain on open daily through September 6, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and then on weekends through September 26.

Public parking is available on John Street in the City’s Downes garage across French Street from the Boott Mill complex. Access to the Boott Event Center is through the museum’s business entrance at 115 John Street.  For more information call 978-970-5000 or visit www.nps.gov/lowe.

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