Dickens in Lowell: Mar. 30 - Oct. 20, 2012

About 'Dickens in Lowell'


Dickens in Lowell was a seven-month, bicentenary celebration of Charles Dickens (1812–1870) taking place in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts.

From March 30 to October 20, 2012, we celebrated Dickens’s life, his work and his travels in Lowell and America with 70 performances, speakers, family and community programs. The centerpiece of Dickens in Lowell was a major exhibition, Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation, co-curated by Diana Archibald, Associate Professor of English at UMass Lowell, and David Blackburn, Chief of Cultural Resources and Programs, Lowell National Historical Park.

Dickens in Lowell commemorated this literary lion early in his brilliant career, as a young man newly famous, discovering his creative powers and his growing influence as a public figure and social reformer.

Dickens in Lowell represents a very successful collaboration between UMass Lowell and the Lowell National Historical Park, as well as a host of Lowell’s leading civic and cultural organizations.




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Dickens in Lowell
 was sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in partnership with the Lowell National Historical Park, the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Charles Dickens Museum London, and with generous support from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation and the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.