Other recent events have included:
The World War II exhibit during the summer of 2000, which drew 200 people on its opening night and was extended from three to four months due to popular demand. The World War II exhibit was the first exhibit in which we combined oral histories with other artifacts. The 71 oral histories, collected over two years, cover all branches of the military and the home front based upon the experiences of Lawrence residents.
The Black History exhibit, first mounted in 1998 and then on display at the Lawrence High School Library to benefit 1200 students, was expanded and has been exhibited at five events celebrating the Underground Railroad during the fall and winter of 2000 - 2001 for a combined audience of over 1,000.
The Jewish Exhibit, mounted first in 1999 at the Heritage State Park, was on display for three months at the High School.
The Education Exhibit was a huge success, drawing many alumni from many Lawrence Public Schools .
With marble-covered copy books available for visitors to write their comments, we were able to enhance our collection of the education experience over the years in Lawrence.
Educational programs have been conducted for 87 middle/high school students on the Underground Railroad, the 1912 Strike and the history of Lawrence.
These demonstrate Lawrence’s role in the history of Massachusetts and the nation. Programmatic activities include exhibits, educational programs and assisting research.
In all exhibits we try to place Lawrence in the context of the broader world. For instance, the exhibit in 2001 on Lawrence and the History of Public Health in Massachusetts, showed how events and conditions in Lawrence were critical to the pioneering efforts of Massachusetts in the development of national consciousness of public health.