The Tsongas Industrial History Center supports and encourages the teaching of industrial history using site-based, hands-on experiences for over 40,000 students in grades 3 through 12 annually. All programs are aligned with Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Curriculum Frameworks.

Our location within Lowell National Historical Park allows students to explore historic cotton mills, 5.6 miles of canals, gatehouses, and worker housing. We use these resources to engage students in such topics as labor history, immigration, economics, textile production, globalization, technology/engineering, and impacts of industrialization on nature and society.

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Financial aid for field trips is available. 

Fourth-grade teachers at Title I schools are invited to book field trips at no cost, thanks to funding from the National Park Foundation. Grants cover the $225 program fee ($125 virtual program) AND reimbursement for up to $200 per program for bus costs is available. Mention "Open Outdoors for Kids Grant" when you call to reserve programs. 

Fifth-grade and high school classes can also reserve free Workers on the Line programs through support from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Union and its locals. Mention "AFL-CIO Union funding" when you call to reserve programs. 

These opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2023-2024 school year. 

The Tsongas Industrial History Center also recommends applying for funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council Grants.

Teachers we know have also had success applying for field trip money from Target Field Trip Grants.

Grade Chart

In-Person Programs and Virtual Field TripsGrade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8HSHistory & Social StudiesCivicsScience & Engineering
Bale to Bolt
Change In The Making
Community Connections
Engineer It!
Exploring The Immigrant Experience
Farm to Factory
Power to Production
River as a Classroom
Workers on the Line
Yankees and Immigrants
Change Over Time: Through Children’s Eyes
Citizens Respond to an Industrial Crisis
Engineering a Better Future
Human Impact on the Living Planet
Mill Girls: Life and Work in an Industrial City
Immigration, Culture, and Community
Same, Only Different
Waterpower: Powering a Revolution


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