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Lowell History Reading and Discussion Series: Our Scholars

Information about the Spring 2014 Reading and Discussion Series on Lowell History.

Other Books By Our Scholars

Dick Howe Jr.

Dick Howe Jr. 

Richard P. Howe Jr. has served as the Register of Deeds of the Middlesex North District since 1995.  He has been a leader in using computer technology to make the state's system of land records more efficient and user-friendly.  Mr. Howe is a 1986 graduate of Suffolk University Law School and holds an MA in History from Salem State University and a BA in Political Science from Providence College.  He also served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army from 1980 to 1984.  Today, he writes extensively about Lowell history and politics on his website, and is the co-author of "Legendary Locals of Lowell," a 2013 book published by Arcadia Press.   

Robert Forrant

Bob Forrant

Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell Professor of History, received his PhD from UMass Amherst in 1994. Before that he worked as a machinist. He co-curated “The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912: Two Months in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that Changed Labor History,” for the Digital Public Library of America and is editor of the forthcoming The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike (2014). Recent books include: Lawrence, Massachusetts and the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike, with Susan Grabski (2013); The Big Move: Immigrant Voices From a Mill City, with Christoph Strobel, (2011); and Metal Fatigue: American Bosch and the Demise of Metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley (2009). He is on the Board of the Lawrence History Center and has worked with the Tsongas Industrial History Center on its National Endowment for the Humanities summer teachers’ residency programs. 

Marie Frank

Marie Frank, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell. This year her book was used as the Common Text for the Freshmen Year Writing Program during the 2013-14 school year.

Tony Sampas

Tony Sampas is the Archivest for the Martin T. Meehan Archives at UMass Lowell and for the Lowell Historical Society.  He is a frequent contributor on Richard Howe Jr.'s local blog.  You can see his photographs on line.