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Immigration Stories: The World Comes to Lowell

Resources to learn about stories of immigrants who settled in Lowell.


Before 1880, a small number of Greek immigrants lived in New England. However, between 1880 and 1925, over 400,000 Greeks emigrated to the U.S. In the 1890s, Greece was beset with economic problems. Reports of prosperity in the U.S. led to a wave of Greek immigrants passing through Ellis Island for work in New England mill cities. In Lowell, Greek immigrants crowded into a neighborhood known as the Triangle Acre. Across the region, Greek neighborhoods grew, supported by small business start-ups.

'Acropolis of America': The Greek Community of Lowell 1874-2020