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Beating the Drum for Kerouac

By By David Perry, Lowell Sun

Soon, there will be a starting point on the journey for those who flock to Lowell in search of what the city holds of native son Jack Kerouac.

By the spring, a Kerouac "orientation exhibit" will take shape in the Lowell National Historical Park's Visitor Center, one of the first steps in bringing the On The Road author's historical context home.

Eventually, organizers envision the historic but long-empty Smith-Baker Center as a Kerouac Center for Creativity, housing an array of arts organizations, concerts, readings and workshops. But that's a speck on a drawing board, millions of dollars and three to six years down the road. Another goal is to stake a claim to Kerouac on the Web.

Last month, Paul Marion and Mike Millner, UMass Lowell's acting director of the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies, received a $35,000 Creative Economy grant from the University of Massachusetts' President's Office.

Read more about the Kerouac exhibit.