Slide Lecture: Making Lowell

2:00pm - 4:00pm Sun, Apr 27, 2014

Venue: American Textile History Museum

491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854

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Dr. David Unger, ATHM's Director of Interpretation, will talk about his ongoing research on the Locks & Canals Company, the Lowell Machine Shop, and the workers who built Lowell's factories. In the early 19th century the Locks & Canals Company made a business of building factories. They constructed buildings, setup waterwheels, and made machines. Learn how the Locks & Canals Company and its machine shop evolved from a department in a Waltham textile mill to become the largest engineering company in the country, and about the important role it played in the Industrial Revolution. Making Lowell is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition Inventing Lowell, produced as part of a project sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation. It features a work-in-progress view of a series of videos that the American Textile History Museum and Lowell Telecommunications Corporation are creating to be included in Places of Invention, a new, long-term exhibit opening at the National Museum of American History in 2015.

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