Grades 3 & 4

Early New England history comes to life as students learn about the geography and people of the land that became Lowell. Through hands-on activities, they explore the ways in which Native Peoples and early European settlers used the land, and the evolution from rural to urban living.


  • Narrate a story by comparing regional land and water use from the time of native settlements through colonial farming to industrialization on a 3D map that they construct.
  • Dress in 19th-century clothing and use artifacts to discover how people’s lives changed as communities grew from small towns to thriving cities.
  • Visit a 19th-century boardinghouse to find out how the “mill girls” adapted to life in the city.
  • Explore Lowell's cultural diversity in the new, interactive "One City, Many Cultures" exhibit. 

We have many resources to help prepare your students for their visit, and extend learning afterwards.

All of our programs have been reviewed to ensure their relevance to state and national standards.

Program details:

  • Field Trip Fee: $225 per group.
  • Group Size: Up to 30 students per group.
    • Chaperones: We require a minimum of four (4) chaperones for Change in the Making because classes will be split into two small groups for concurrent map and farmhouse-to-boardinghouse activities.
    • Each group should include a teacher, two+ chaperones, plus any additional staff (aides, nurses, etc) your group requires.
    • Maximum of six (6) adults per group.

Plan your visit now.

Call us at 978-970-5080 to make a reservation for your class.


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