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UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center Wins NEH Grant


LOWELL ߝ The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Industrial History Center has received a $224,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a summer program, NEH “Landmarks of American History and Culture”, for teachers, education administrators and personnel from around the country.  The award marks the first NEH grant in UML’s history. 

The funds are part of NEH’s “We the People” project which promotes the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture through the exploration of significant events and themes in American history. 

With funding from the grant, the Tsongas Center will host three week-long summer workshops for educators titled “Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution.”  The workshops will combine scholarly presentations with on-site investigations of the canals, mills, and worker housing.  In addition to the landmarks of Lowell, the program will also conduct field studies at Old Sturbridge Village, Walden Pond, and Concord, MA museums. 

“The NEH ‘Landmarks of American History and Culture’ workshops will provide the Tsongas Center with a wonderful opportunity to introduce teachers from across the United States to Lowell’s unique resources,” says Sheila Kirschbaum, coordinator, Tsongas Center’s Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution Program.

"I am pleased to learn that UMass Lowell has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue the success of the Tsongas Industrial History Center," said Congressman Marty Meehan of Lowell. "With this funding, the Tsongas Center will be able to ensure that the story of the vital role Lowell and the surrounding communities played in the American Industrial Revolution will be preserved for future generations."

The Tsongas Center is currently accepting applications from educators around the country.  Participants will receive a stipend to cover housing and meals with travel assistance available on a case-by-case basis.  Space is limited and the application deadline is March 15, 2006. 

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The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a collaborative project of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park.  The Center encourages the teaching of industrial history in a hands-on way through on- and off-site educational programs for over 60,000 students annually. 
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; and in the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at

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