Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.

UMass Creative Economy Initiatives Funds Awarded to Support Lawrence History Center Summer Student Writers Program

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Rogers Family Foundation
June 26, 2015


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

UMass Creative Economy Initiatives Funds Awarded to Support Lawrence History Center Summer Student Writers Program

Lawrence, MA – The UMass President’s Office has awarded $20,000 in Creative Economy Initiatives Funds to support "Lawrence Student Writing Workshop: Re-Envisioning Lawrence @ the Lawrence History Center." The program represents a new collaboration between the Lawrence History Center and Andover Bread Loaf (an outreach program of Phillips Academy), and UMass Lowell.

Robert L. Caret, UMass president, wrote on May 29, 2015 to grant applicant UMass Lowell history professor and Lawrence History Center board member Robert Forrant:

“As you know, the Creative Economy Initiatives Fund was established on 2007 to support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that benefit the State’s economy and improves its quality of life. Your project, based in Lawrence at the Lawrence History Center, and representing a collaboration between UMass Lowell, the Lawrence History Center, and Andover Bread Loaf, holds great promise for benefiting your target students in grades 5 – 7 from the Lawrence, MA schools. The project was strongly endorsed by the UMass Lowell campus as being innovative; having high levels of engagement with community partners and situated to have strong community impact. Indeed, your efforts may well provide a model to replicate throughout MA and elsewhere.”

LHC director Susan Grabski is delighted by this new support and the opportunity the program will provide to Lawrence students:

“This grant, along with additional funding from the ECCF Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund and the Rogers Family Foundation, will allow us not only to support the three week summer program, but also to carry the experience forward into late fall 2015 and spring 2016. Select students will create content and exhibit panels to be placed in local businesses in Lawrence, take part in community events, and be given a voice at our spring 2016 symposium centered on urban renewal in Lawrence, Massachusetts and other mid-size industrial cities.”

Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College and chairman of the newly formed Lawrence Partnership said this about the program:

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