The Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) was developed and is operated as a partnership between the Lowell National Historical Park and the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Graduate School of Education. The TIHC focuses on industrial history, as well as engineering and science related to the development of the region. Through its experiential programming, students in grades 3 through 12 learn about the American Industrial Revolution by engaging in activities that enable them to experience history where it happened.
Students participate in weaving, create canal systems, play the role of immigrants to the city, or become inventors. They also engage in science by examining the impact of industry on the Merrimack River and its environs through river water testing and tracing the course of ground water pollution.
The TIHC also serves engineering undergraduates at UMass Lowell, who learn about the evolution of engineering and how problems were solved in Lowell, and liberal arts students who examine the rich history of the city in which they live and study. The TIHC offers teachers exciting workshops and primary-source-based teaching activities. For information, call 978-970-5080 or visit the website.