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Meet the Board of Directors, 2014 - 2015

The Lawrence History Center Board of Directors represent the Lawrence community as residents (current and former), employees, business owners, educators, artists, scholars, and local historians. Their collective efforts to enrich art, culture, education and overall sense of place and identity in Lawrence are unparalleled. Please take a moment to learn more about this talented group!

pamela.jpg Pamela Yameen, President

“Growing up in a strong neighborhood, Tower Hill, gave me a great sense of family and community. This has influenced my educational pursuits in Urban Studies, my work in my family’s business (Butcher Boy Markets), and my efforts on behalf of the organizations I represent in the Merrimack Valley. My commitment to work and service comes from the potential I see all around me and a desire to help it be realized.”

Pamela was raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts and has never stopped giving back to her community. As President of the Lawrence History Center Board of Directors, Pamela has furthered the mission of our organization through her strong leadership ability and desire to do good things for the citizens of Lawrence. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Essex Art Center, an Essex National Heritage Area Commissioner, a member of the ECCF-Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, and the American Lebanese Awareness Association.

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Kathleen joined the LHC board in 2011 and currently pursuing her Masters in Organizational Leadership. As co-founder of Imajine That, an interactive children’s museum located at the Riverwalk in Lawrence, and her years of work with Little Sprouts Child Enrichment Centers, she has expertise in early childhood education.

Kathleen has family ties to Lawrence and first learned about LHC when doing genealogical research. She lives in Haverhill with her husband and four children.

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.

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