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  • From left to right in this 1988 black and white photo: then-U.S. Rep. Chester Atkins, the late Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, and the first director of the Tsongas Industrial History Center, the late Ed Pershey.

    Tsongas Industrial History Center Celebrates 30 Years of Hands-On Learning

    The Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership between the university’s School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park, has welcomed more than 1.4 million students and teachers from around New England for hands-on lessons about Lowell’s history, technology and environment since its founding in 1991. 
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  • An aerial view of the Merrimack River running through the UML campus

    With NSF Award, New Grad Program Focuses on Protecting Water Resources

    An interdisciplinary team of UML faculty, led by Assoc. Profs. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline and Chris Hansen, have received a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award for a new graduate student program focused on developing sustainable materials and chemicals that won’t harm water resources.
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  • Martha Mayo

    Library Research Guide Explores Lowell’s Anti-Slavery, Abolitionist History

    “Untold Lowell Stories: Black History,” an online research guide published recently by the UMass Lowell Library’s Center for Lowell History, sheds light on the city’s anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Last year, the center was named an Underground Railroad Research Facility.
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  • Lowell National Historical Park interpretation ranger Allison Horrocks enacts a mill girl on a virtual field trip

    Educators Create Live, Virtual Field Trips at Tsongas Industrial History Center

    When school field trips to the Tsongas Industrial History Center – a partnership between Lowell National Historical Park and UML’s College of Education – were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, center staff seized the opportunity to create live, interactive virtual field trips for K-12 students.
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  • A person reads a panel about Little Canada

    Little Canada Panels Provide Window to History

    To celebrate the Little Canada neighborhood that once stood where East Campus is now, the university has installed four new informational panels that tell the story of the life and times of Lowell’s French Canadian immigrants. The project draws on the research of History Prof. Robert Forrant and several students.
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  • Immigrants being sworn in as U.S. citizens at Minute Man National Historical Park in 2007

    History Center Educating Teachers, Public about Voting Rights

    The Tsongas Industrial History Center has created a series of free, live webinars to educate teachers about the historic struggles of Black people, women and other groups to win the vote and have a say in government.
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  • UML education majors open Chromebooks they were given as part of a pilot project

    New Educational Tech Class Coincides with Pandemic

    Midway through the spring 2020 semester, as first-year education majors were taking a new, required class in educational technology, schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Studying virtually themselves while learning how best to use online teaching tools is giving these students a new perspective on technology’s promise – and its limitations.
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  • A school group at the Tsongas Industrial History Center

    As Teaching Goes Online, College of Education Helps Schools and Parents

    The College of Education is stepping up to help teachers in K-12 schools transition their classes online during school closures caused by COVID-19. Clinical Prof. Michelle Scribner-MacLean created a Facebook group with teacher resources, and the Tsongas Industrial History Center is beefing up its social media offerings and website.
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  • UMass Lowell history major Bradley Sherwood works year-round at the Tsongas Industrial History Center at Lowell National Historical Park

    Sun and Fun, Science and History at National Park Summer Camps

    Summer camps at the Lowell National Historical Park allow children to explore history, science and more while having fun. The camps are run by the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership between the park and UML’s College of Education.
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  • Closeup of new Lowell quarters in person's hand

    Lowell Flips Over its 'America the Beautiful' Quarter

    "Remember this day," UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney told the students who were the first ones in the nation to get their hands on a Lowell quarter, depicting a mill girl working at a power loom with a view of the Mill City -- including the Boott Mill clock tower. "You are making history."
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  • The design for the U.S. Mint's 2019 Massachusetts quarter in the America the Beautiful series, which features Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell Quarter Launched by Mint – with UML's Help

    The U.S. Mint’s release of a new state quarter featuring Lowell National Historical Park represents a quiet triumph for UML’s Ellen Anstey, who has devoted a decade to promoting, researching and critiquing designs for the coin.
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  • Tsongas Industrial History Center logo

    Tsongas Industrial History Center Gets Grant for Workshops

    The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of UMass Lowell's College of Education and Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, a highly competitive $158,367 grant to support a series of one-week workshops for educators that enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the kindergarten through grade 12 levels.
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  • Design of new National Park Service quarter

    Lowell National Historical Park Quarter Unveiled

    The Lowell National Historical Park quarter -- part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarter Series -- will display the image of a mill girl, working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. Behind her, a piece of the city's skyline, including a smoke stack and the Boott Mill clock tower, can be seen through a window.
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  • Teachers weave on manual looms at the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell

    Teachers Learn Hands-on American History in Lowell

    Teachers from elementary, middle and high schools around the country flock to Lowell to learn hands-on teaching techniques in America’s first industrial city.
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  • Lowell Catholic third-graders Tyson Pham and Irene Early operate a small weaving loom

    History Looms at Lowell Catholic

    Third-graders and fourth-graders at Lowell Catholic welcomed visitors from the Tsongas Industrial History Center, who helped them experience the history of industrialization firsthand
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  • Student Employee of the Year Mary Connell in Lowell

    Student Employee of the Year Makes Lowell Her Canvas

    Student Employee of the Year Mary Connell, a sophomore art major from Princeton, helps promote all that Lowell has to offer through her work with the Community Relations office.
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  • Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian; Elizabeth Cerda, administrative attorney in the Massachusetts District Court Department; and Ken Lavallee, former Lowell Police superintendent, at the launch event.

    New MPA Degree Offers Unique Track in Public Arts and Humanities

    The first students in UMass Lowell’s new Master of Public Administration program are getting a crash course in how to manage public and private agencies in the arts and humanities, criminal justice and human services.
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  • Autumn Sacramone and Suzanne St. Peters

    History Students Create Learning Tools

    Two history majors have created a web study guide to “Browsing Through Birke’s,” a documentary about the Holocaust survivors who ran Birke’s Department Store in Lowell for decades. The study guide is being used at Lowell High School.
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  • Lowell fourth graders examine water samples on boat

    Opening the OutDoors for Kids

    The Tsongas Industrial History Center connects students to the outdoors.
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  • Niki Tsongas and Jacquie Moloney cut the ribbon on Tsongas Collection

    Tsongas Digital Archive Comes to Life

    More than 34,000 pages from late Sen. Paul Tsongas’ political career are now online thanks to the efforts of UMass Lowell’s library staff.
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  • Paul Tsongas

    Tsongas Legacy Intertwined With University

    Former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, who would be turning 75 in February, helped shape the trajectory of Lowell and the university.
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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.

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