Mark Your Calendars! We have something for everyone this spring!

Join Us at One or All of These Upcoming Events!

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, our friends at Historic Mills Photography Workshops kick off the spring season! Join Steven Perlmutter and Robert Lussier for a day of shooting the Stone and Everett Mills, in-field shooting instruction and post-processing. More details and registration information available here:

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, LHC and our partners will host a one-day symposium on “The History of the “New Immigration” into Lawrence, Massachusetts and Similar Communities.”  Brown University Professor, Jose Itzigsohn, will be delivering the keynote address, “Changing Providence: the Dominican Experience in Providence, RI”.  We have received an excellent response to our call for papers, artwork, spoken word, and video presentations from scholars, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students.  Please visit the symposium page for updates and news about registration in late February!

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, Ralph Fasanella Day, we will hold the 1st Annual Lawrence History Center North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk, plus Kid’s Canal Dash celebrating the role of history and the arts in the Lawrence community and benefiting the History Center.  We will be using official timing. Sponsorship, route, and registration information coming soon.  

In June 2014, we will hold our annual Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony.  Since 1998, the History Center has put a spotlight on the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding leaders who work to bring development, opportunity and prosperity to Lawrence.  Honoree(s), date/time/location, sponsorship, and registration information will be announced in late April/early May.

These events are made possible by our loyal supporters
and volunteers for whom we are deeply grateful!
Come be a part of our community.  
We look forward to seeing all of you soon!  

Improvements to Our Historic Courtyard


Photo by Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners | Lawrence, MA 01840

In early spring 2013, the Lawrence History Center began plans to improve accessibility to our main building in the former Essex Company Compound at 6 Essex Street, Lawrence. In so doing, we also hoped to create planting beds to beautify and make the courtyard more welcoming for visitors.

The LHC Facilities Committee, Chaired by LHC board member Karen Herman, and LHC director Susan Grabski began meeting with architect Marie Sorensen of Lawrence based Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners. Marie shared her expertise with us as we explored options for our project and we soon contracted with her practice to provide concept design, construction documentation drawings, and construction administration services. They assisted us with the Bidding Phase so that we could find a contractor to carry out the work outlined in the construction documents. We received several bids and ultimately signed with Lawrence based Tompkins Corporation.
The project was completed in late fall 2013, right on schedule. Thanks to the experience, vision, and competence of Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners, and the skillful execution of the Tompkins Corporation, our walkway project is complete and looks fantastic! We made the decision to hold off on the planting the beds until springtime 2014, but could not be happier with the final product!

For more photos of our project please visit the Sorensen Partners web site.

Project funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the City of Lawrence.

Holiday Greetings, Gratitude, and a Short Break!


During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have supported the Lawrence History Center throughout the year.

With deep gratitude, we thank and wish you and your families a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness!
LHC Board of Directors, Staff,
 & Volunteers

** We will be CLOSED the weeks of December 22 & 29, 2013 for the Holidays.  We will re-open to the public on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
See you then!


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

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6 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.