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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.

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