Another year of amarillo, azul, y rojo here in the city of Lowell! It brings me such joy to see the Lowell National Park staff support the Colombian community every July 20th at the Colombian Independence Day ceremony. It means so much to me that my city creates an environment that celebrates the benefits and beauty of multi-culturalism. While standing … Read more
I think I have mentioned in previous posts how important stories are. All stories, in some manner or another, are significant; but, what is really important is recognizing that some stories have been overshadowed by the past. I believe it imperative that we highlight these forgotten and hidden histories.
Right now, I am looking into those particular histories. … Read more
It is good to be back as part of LHIP for summer 2017!
This summer is a little different than the last two…I’m thinking bigger. What do I mean? I’m thinking about US, Latinos, and our contributions to our country. I am thinking about OUR impact, roles, and history. So, here I am in Lowell, MA working … Read more
These past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic here in Lowell. We’ve been busy and we’ve been having fun with two great events that have just recently occurred: our Latino Conservation Week event, Salsa and Sustainability, and the 30th Lowell Folk Festival! There’s a lot to catch up on!
The Lowell National Historical Park partnered with amazing local organization, … Read more
Lowell is my hometown and my friends and most of my family live here; I very naturally call this place home. But, it was not like that for everyone, especially my family. I am a first generation American. My parents immigrated here from Medellin, Colombia. My mother, her parents, and younger brother arrived in Lowell, MA in 1979 … Read more
Today I had a unique experience that is pretty special to Lowell National Historical Park and that I’d like to hold on to. We have many different types of visitors. We have the history scholars, the industry buffs, craft folks, day trippers, students of all ages…a pretty wide variety. Visitors tend to look for information that relates to their interests. … Read more
The concept behind HAF and the Latino Heritage Internship was quite appealing; I agreed with the need for a better relationship between national parks and the Latino community. My interest in museum studies really opened my eyes to the demographics of educational institutions, such as museums and parks. How was it that local minorities were not taking advantage of the … Read more
City hall plaza flooded with yellow, blue, red, and orgullo. A week ago, July 20th, Colombia celebrated 205 years of sovereign rule. And, the Colombian Community here in Lowell, Massachusetts celebrated like no other. Music, dance, heritage, culture all merged together in a vivacious ceremony that sure did show that Colombians know how to have a good time. At 1pm, … Read more
Pennacook Indians and neighboring tribes meeting at the near mile drop of the Pawtucket Falls, fishing for salmon and sturgeon in the bountiful Merrimack river. Fast forward to 1655, fifteen European families settle in their new agricultural home, Chelmsford, specifically East Chelmsford. Now, add one factory complex in 1823- the Merrimack Manufacturing Company- and rename the whole region … Read more