The mission of LowellIrish is to collect and preserve the history and cultural materials, which document the presence of the Irish community in Lowell. As the first immigrant group in a city that continues to celebrate its immigrant past, LowellIrish will serve as an advocate to support a better understanding of the historical, political, religious, and social function the Irish played in the formation of the city.
What more can you ask for? Fall in New England. Great weather. And best of all folks to share it with. There were more Lowell historians there than you can shake a stick at. Walter and Karen Hickey have been essential in much of new research uncovered about Lowell's first Irish. Mo Comtois has done an amazing amount of work recording Lowell's Civil War past. Eileen Loucraft has her own blog about Lowell and World War I. Kim Zinino from the historic board will be leading a tour of Edson next week. Mike Lally from the Lowell Cemetery joined us as well this year. It began with the dedication of markers from the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Mercy Drive. This is a project begun by Donna Reidy to remember those who are interred without benefit of a grave marker. There's potential for a Spring tour of the office side of the cemetery if folks are interested. Let us know.
Walter and Karen preparing the stones for the tour