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Students Dig Up History in Lowell

Summer - Fall 2022

History majors Deirdre Hutchinson and Quintin Blake working on a dig related to the nineteenth-century history and contributions of Lowell's Irish immigrant community.

Deirdre Hutchison and Quintin Blake pose at the Market St. dig site.

In the late summer, History majors Deirdre Hutchison and Quintin Blake were involved in a dig on Market Street seeking to unearth artifacts and evidence related to the nineteenth-century history and contributions of Lowell's Irish immigrant community.

Working with Deirdre and Quintin are other UMass students (from Lowell and Boston) as well as scholars from Queen's University Belfast.

The team has focused its attention on the former location of an Irish-owned grocery store and the domestic sites surrounding it.

This project has been endorsed by UMass President Marty Meehan.

The dig has been the focus of an August 29 "Lowell Sun" article, "Digging Lowell," as well as a September 15 university article published online, "Pieces of the Past: Students Dig Up History in Lowell."

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