Now Taking Reservations

Reservations for the 2023-2024 school year are now open. We look forward to welcoming your classes in Lowell for in-person programs.

We are offering some programs only on certain days and times of the year. We will also continue to offer our popular virtual field trip programs.

Thank you for your interest in coming for a field trip to the Tsongas Industrial History Center. We invite you to call us at 978-970-5080 to speak with our staff about a reservation. You can also begin the process by filling out our “Field Trip Inquiry” form. This form will start the process and our Reservations Staff will contact you to finalize your reservation. Contact us early for the best availability of dates for this school year.

We highly recommend you review the Plan Your Visit page before you call.

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Field Trips

Students participate in hands-on learning activities and visit sites where history was made.

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A hands-on learning center

Watch the video to see how students “do” history and science at Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC).

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Virtual Field Trips

Interactive, "live" online programs for students - in class or at home.
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Remote Learning Modules

Modules are ready for Google Classroom: primary and secondary sources, photographs, videos, questions, and writing prompts.
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Teaching Resources

Activities, lesson plans, and multimedia resources. Read more.
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Primary Resources

A database of historic documents, maps, and images.
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Professional Development

The TIHC offers a variety of engaging professional development opportunities that meet the needs of history, science, and English language arts teachers.

Learn More About Professional Development

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Summer Camps

Explore history, science, and nature at TIHC’s summer camps.

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Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) News

  • Teaching Climate Science and Climate Justice Across the Curriculum: Using Lowell as a case study of industrialization and urbanization, this four-part workshop will explore teaching climate science and justice across the curriculum to promote student agency.
  • Unbroken Bonds: The Meaning of Slavery in a Northern Textile City: Mass. secondary history/social science teachers and curriculum coordinators are invited to a one-day workshop on June 26, 2024. 
  • We are hiring Museum Teachers to lead classes (grades 2 through adult) in field trips to Lowell National Historical Park. Programs are hands-on, place-based, and focused on Lowell’s industrial history. Successful candidates will have experience working with young people and/or adult learners and an interest in the humanities. Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply. Apply through the UMass Lowell Human Resources Office
  • Teachers and families: Be sure to follow the TIHC on Facebook and TIHC on Twitter for some fun and interactive online resources to share with your students. We are posting videos, photos, and other resources to continue learning online.

Celebrating 30 years of the Tsongas Industrial History Center, 1991-2021

Partnership

The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park.

  • UMass Lowell
  • National Park Service