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September 23, 2014: Lawrence, MA – The Story of the Birth of a New City Captured in the New Book, The History of the Essex Company

September 23, 2014


Contact: Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

The Story of the Birth of a New City Captured in the New Book, The History of the Essex Company

Lawrence, MA – The Lawrence History Center and author Mike Hearn, Director of Libraries at Northern Essex Community College, are pleased to announce the publication of the new book, The History of the Essex Company.

Made possible with funding from Enel Green Power North America—the present day successors of the Essex Company—The History of the Essex Company is the story of dreams: dreams of a new, profitable city; dreams of a new life in America; dreams of a planned urban community that provides work, housing, and a quality of living not found in 19th century industrial Europe.

The Essex Company was formed by the Boston Associates in 1845 to build a “New City on the Merrimack”. This is the story of how they did it. The story is as much visual as it is written, just as the history of the company has been preserved through drawings and photographs as through writings and records. The company literally built a new city where one did not exist - rising up from farmlands at a point in the Merrimack Valley that afforded them the best chance to control the river. From their efforts the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts would emerge. The company, and the men that led it, would together experience the successes and challenges of the growth of their industrial enterprise.

History Comes Alive For Lawrence Youth!

SummerProgram2014_04.jpgAfter the success of our summer program for local youth in 2013, the staff members at the Lawrence History Center were anxious to hold it again this year. With funding from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF), archivist Jennifer Williams and intern Andrew Scott worked with fifteen students this past July and August. The goal was to help local youths develop their research, writing, and public speaking skills by researching and documenting their life stories as they relate to the broader history of Lawrence.

The perception of Lawrence can be negative, so Williams and Scott worked hard to help students realize they should be proud of living in Lawrence, not ashamed. After a discussion of the positive events in Lawrence with regional, national, and worldwide impact, the students began to realize this fact. As one student said, “I feel proud now...our city is important, we've done important one ever talks about this stuff, but they should.”

Let's Talk Equality in Lawrence on September 11, 2014

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