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UMass Lowell Leads Celebration of 200 Years of Dickens

Seven Months of Events Honor Author’s Legacy, Connections to City


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Contacts: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Beth Brosnan, 603-205-4344

Tuesday, Feb. 7
3 to 5 p.m.

WHAT: Feb. 7 marks the 200th birthday of one of the world's best-known and best-loved authors, Charles Dickens (1812–1870). Organizers of “Dickens in Lowell,” the largest celebration of the author’s bicentenary in New England and one of the largest in the U.S., are hosting a birthday party where they will unveil seven months of events that explore the author’s travels in America, including his memorable 1842 visit to Lowell. 

Come celebrate this special day and get a preview of “Dickens in Lowell,” opening March 30 and continuing through Oct. 20. “Dickens in Lowell” will feature performances, speakers, family and community programs, and a major exhibition, “Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation.” 

The festival is the brainchild of Diana Archibald, a UMass Lowell English professor, who has organized the extensive schedule of programs – most of which are free – for the public in collaboration with others at UMass Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, the Charles Dickens Museum of London, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Tsongas Industrial History Center and Lowell’s leading civic and cultural organizations. Learn more at

At the Feb. 7 preview, you can:
  • Learn about Dickens' two trips to Massachusetts and why Lowell made such a lasting impression on him;
  • Talk with leading scholars about his life and work;
  • Discover how Dickens' influence lives on today in many forms, including the Steampunk movement, which combines Victoriana with a wild punk spirit.

So come to Lowell, and we'll give you the Dickens – the real Charles Dickens.

WHERE: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact UMass Lowell Public Affairs. 

Weather information: Even if UMass Lowell is closed for the day because of weather conditions, this event will be held unless there is extremely heavy snowfall. For day-of-event weather information, call 978-934-2209.