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Donald B. Cole, proud Lawrencian and author of "Immigrant City: Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1845-1922" has passed

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Donald B. Cole at his last lecture in 2010 at Phillips Exeter Academy

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Donald B. Cole with his family in September, 2012.

With great sadness, we learned this morning from his son that Donald B. Cole, author of "Immigrant City: Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1845-1922," passed away on October 5, 2013.

His son, Robert Cole, wrote that his father, "... was very proud of his roots in Lawrence and Andover.... and loved the immigrant story...." He was a friend of the Lawrence History Center and his research has and will continue to inform generations of researchers. He will be missed, but he has left his home city with a wonderful contribution to its history, its identity, and its future. May he rest in peace.


Exeter NH—Donald Barnard Cole, 91, died peacefully at home, Saturday, October 5, 2013

Don Cole was a school man, a Jackson man, a family man. He dedicated his life to the education and service of others—through his teaching and leadership over 42 years at Phillips Exeter Academy; through his research and writing as a historian, specializing in Jacksonian Democracy; and through his devotion to his family.

He is survived by his wife Susan “Tootie” Wilson Cole and their children: Douglas and Carolyn Cole of Woodville WA, Robert Cole of Concord NH, Daniel and Jennifer Cole of Exeter NH, and Susan and Jeff Ross of Windsor CT. He cherished his ten grandchildren—Nathan, Andy and Vanessa; Madeline, Sam and Becky; Derek and Sydney; and Matt and Tim—and his two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Marion Barnard Cole, as well as his dear sister Constance W. Cole, a fellow educator.

He was born March 31, 1922 in Lawrence Massachusetts and grew up during the Depression, surrounded by Barnard cousins on High Street in Andover. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, before heading to Harvard (Class of ‘44). His education was foreshortened by enlistment in the Navy where he served as a lieutenant and led landing craft missions in Pacific Theater, including the invasions of Okinawa and Guam. Friendships developed on board the USS Lamar stretched throughout his lifetime.

Art Exhibit Reception: The Paintings of Ralph Fasanella, October 12, 2013


The Opening Reception, including jazz music, is on:

Saturday, October 12, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lawrence Heritage State Park Gallery
One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA (978) 794-1655

Free & Open to the Public

The Gallery at Lawrence Heritage State Park will host an exhibit of paintings by the great urban folk artist Ralph Fasanella from October 12 through December 16, 2013.

Join us for our 35th Annual Meeting and Trails & Sails Weekends!

    You're invited to the LHC

35th Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Essex Company Stable
LHC, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence 

free admission | light refreshments Please RSVP by September 27, 2013
978-686-9230 | Email

Lawrence students answer the question: What is Your History?

In May, the Lawrence History Center was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF).* We used the grant funds to hold a summer program entitled, “What Is Your History?”

2nd Annual LHC North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk - Sunday, May 17, 2015

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