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New Book Looks At Canal System That Powered 19th Century Lowell, Massachusetts


The canal system that powered 19th Century Lowell, Massachusetts, will be discussed Sunday, January 10, at Lowell National Historical Park. NPS photo.

A new book has arrived that delves into the unique canal system that powered 19th Century Lowell, Massachusetts' industrial sector. What does that have to do with national parks? If you're familiar with the Lowell National Historical Park, you know the answer to that question.

In his book, Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America, Dr. Patrick M. Malone has captured an in-depth account of the history and personalities behind this exceptional facet of Lowell.

On Sunday, January 10, Dr. Malone will discuss his book, and be available for signing copies, at 2:00 pm at the Visitor Center at Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street, Lowell. The book is currently available at the Visitor Center sales outlet, which is open daily.

Dr. Malone is a professor of urban studies and American civilization at Brown University. His latest book demonstrates how innovative engineering helped make Lowell a potent symbol of American industrial prowess in the 19th century. Dr. Malone explains how engineers created a complex canal and lock system in the city that harnessed the river and powered the mills throughout the city.

The program is supported by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series and Lowell National Historical Park.


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