The mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people. Please explore our website, and let us know how we can help. Read our recent news below...

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Bidding Phase for CDBG Funded Walkway, Planting, and Access Project extended until August 30, 2013 *

Update: Bidding is now closed

walkway.jpgThe Lawrence History Center is proud to be the recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the City of Lawrence.* The focus of our current project is improved safety and access to our main historic building by making improvements to our courtyard parking area, designating a handicap parking space with corresponding signage, establishing planting beds, and the installation of a walkway leading to the rear of our main building where our elevator is accessed.

We have engaged, Marie S. A. Sorensen, Architect/Principle-in-Charge at Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners (Lawrence, Mass.) to prepare Bid/Construction Documents, as well as, to administer the construction phase of the project.

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Exploring the Essex Company Complex

Today, we welcomed an enthusiastic group of kindergarten and 1st graders from the Merrimack Valley YMCA. Three industrious students are shown here working hard at the anvil in the Essex Company Blacksmith Shop. For more pictures, please visit the full album!
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Learning About Local History: LHS Students Visit the LHC

The Lawrence History Center always seeks to promote the history of our city and its importance to the county, state, and country. One of the best ways to do this is through reaching out to the youth in the city. On Thursday, June 20th, forty-eight students came to the Lawrence History Center for a tour and discussion about this important history.

turn-stage-old.jpgStaff member Jennifer Williams gave them a tour of the main building in the Essex Company Complex, and the students were fascinated by the large objects on the first floor. Many took photographs of the victrola, immigrant chests, and steam engine. They were also intrigued by the large amount of paper records in the first floor vault. The students were especially interested in the maps that showed what the area looked like before Lawrence was founded as a town.

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