City Lives: Immigrants to Lowell is the fourth exhibit in this series (begun in spring of 2000). The exhibit, which explores the relationship between storytelling, local history, and photography, will feature photographs and biographies of sixteen immigrants born in various countries who moved to Lowell, Massachusetts. Along with the photos and biography excerpts which will be exhibited in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, this project will produce a free chapbook with the complete stories of those interviewed (available at the Mogan Center while supplies last) and this website starting Jan. 31 with the photos and stories (www.uml.edu/citylives).
Because of the exhibition's ideal location in the Mogan Center, it will be viewed by an audience as diverse as Lowell itself. Viewers will learn to understand and to appreciate the experiences of our city's immigrants, and immigrants, in turn, will learn to value their own unique stories as their voices are heard and treasured. This unique exhibit explores what it means to live in an old mill town like Lowell and what it means to come here from another land.