The “Lowell’s Special Places” packet embodies two separate perspectives in presenting Lowell’s landmarks and neighborhoods. The Lowell Heritage Partnership produced the slipcase along with a brochure written by Barbara Palermo that depicts Lowell’s eight major neighborhoods through text, images, and maps. Seeing Lowell as a destination city, it encourages physical involvement, offering a series of walking tours as well as a directory of restaurants where “explorers” can renew their energy by savoring food from Lowell’s diverse eateries. The slipcase also houses a series of Lowell Historic Board brochures, researched and authored by Stephen Stowell, which detail specific buildings and cultural objects within Lowell’s Historic Districts. The brochures also give the context of Lowell's buildings within architectural periods and movements.
"The Lowell Historic Board’s National Register of Historic Places brochures were a community engagement and outreach initiative undertaken in the late 1990s. The intent was to mainstream the vast amount of historic information found in the National Register of Historic Places nomination/registration forms for the various historic districts on the National Register in Lowell’s neighborhoods. Utilizing historic and contemporary images, each brochure focused on the historic development, architecture, and historical figures in the various districts. There is a wealth of information in the National Register forms and the brochures were a vehicle that helped get this information to the public in a user-friendly format."
—Stephen Stowell, Lowell Historic Board Administrator
This collection of brochures highlights the history of Lowell's buildings, cultural objects, historical figures, and neighborhoods. View them in full by clicking on the thumbnails below. Controls in lower right allow full-screen mode, turn pages with the > < buttons, enlarge images with the + button.