Friday, April 08, 2011

Lowell's 175th Birthday

This coming Monday, April 11, 2011, the city of Lowell turns 175 years old. The city was founded as a town in 1826, several years after the first textile mills were constructed, but it's incredible growth quickly let to its receiving its charter as a city just ten years later. At the time, Boston was the only city in Massachusetts and Lowell and Salem received their city charters from the state legislature during the same week in 1836.

Lowell is holding a big celebration Monday night at City Hall to commemorate the anniversary. Here's the schedule of events:

175th Kick-Off Reception (Monday, April 11 4:30 PM-6:30 PM) Event Schedule below:

• 4:20 PM – 4:30 PM: Multicultural Parade led by LHS Marching Band
• 4:30 PM – 4:40 PM: LHS Marching Band followed by Lowell Song (Gentleman Songsters)
• 4:40 – 5:05 PM: Speaking Program, including Mayor James Milinazzo, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, City Manager Lynch, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Senator Eileen Donoghue, Representative Thomas Golden; Lowell story reading by Wang Middle School student; and performance by Amy Black (Mill Girl Song - photo at right)
• 5:10 PM – 5:30 PM: Ceremonial Birthday Cake in Mayor’s Reception Room, Tours of City Hall
• 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Mingling and music (including entertainment by Peter Leonard-Solis)

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