Eartha Dengler, Founder, Immigrant City Archives
The Lawrence History Center began its own history in 1978 when German immigrant, Eartha Dengler, came to Lawrence, MA. Eartha realized how many immigrants like herself needed a place that would listen to their story and preserve their memories. We were honored with Eartha's presence as we celebrated our 30th Anniversary of her dream. Our theme was Transforming Leadership. Our founding Director, Eartha Dengler, is a particularly compelling example of such leadership. Her life illustrates that one person, believing in her idea and in this city of Lawrence ~ understanding the need for a repository of preserved multi-vocal memory ~ can transform a commercial site into a place of memory and a place of pride for the City and her residents.