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A Rental Kit for Students in Grades 6-12

Especially Suitable for History/Social Science and English/Language Arts Classes

In 1843, fifteen-year-old Barilla Taylor came from Maine to work in Lowell's mills, dying of unknown causes only two years later. This unique, interdisciplinary kit provides a first-hand view of farm life, city life, factory work, and boardinghouse life. Students read Barilla's personal letters and examine primary sources such as maps, mill timetables, corporation hospital records, and even shopping receipts!

Kit includes:

  • Teacher's Guide
  • Suggested student activities
  • Seventy historical documents

Rental Information

  • $40 (includes UPS school pick-up)
  • Mailed anywhere in U.S.
  • Three-week rental period

Contact us at 978-970-5080 or email to make rental arrangements. Documents and activities are now online too

"The World of Barilla Taylor" was developed and produced by Lowell National Historical Park and the Tsongas Industrial History Center. 


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