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February 19, 2022

Vibrant Photos of Life in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1987-1988

The Lowell Folklife Project was conducted in 1987-1988 as a cooperative project of the American Folklife Center and the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, with support from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, to document contemporary ethnic neighborhoods, occupations, and community life related to the history of industrialization in Lowell, Massachusetts.

This year-long study yielded an ethnographic collection covering a wide range of subjects and activities, including neighborhood tours, ethnic restaurants, parades, musical events, and religious services and festivals.

Take a look at life in Lowell through these 36 vibrant pictures below:


Skateboarding in Merrimack St. parking lot. (Douglas DeNatale)

Southeast Asian restaurant. (John Lueders-Booth)

Southeast Asian restaurant. (John Lueders-Booth)

Carnaval celebration, Holy Ghost Society. (Tom Rankin)

Carnaval celebration, Pioneer Club. (Tom Rankin)

Our Lady of Loreto Festival at Holy Ghost Park. (Tom Rankin)

Paylin Market, 6 Branch St.. (John Lueders-Booth)

Puerto Rican Festival. (Mario MontaƱo)

Mekong Market. (Douglas DeNatale)

Street scenes, Merrimack St.. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Central St. fish peddler. (John Lueders-Booth)

Cleaning bluefish on sidewalk. (Tom Rankin)

Martin's Fish and Produce. (John Lueders-Booth)

Boys playing and fishing near North Canal Housing Project. (Douglas DeNatale)

Baseball game at Puerto Rican Festival. (Tom Rankin)

Laotian New Year's celebration, Lowell Girls Club. (John Lueders-Booth)

Laotian New Year's celebration, Lowell Girls Club. (John Lueders-Booth)

Cambodian musicians at the home of Sorn Veuk. (David Alan Taylor)

Phnom Penh market. (Tom Rankin)

Phnom Penh market. (Tom Rankin)

Snowstorm. (Tom Rankin)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Street scenes. (John Lueders-Booth)

Greek Independence Day program, Hellenic Cultural Center. (David Alan Taylor)

Franco-American Day School. (Tom Rankin)

Easter Mass, St. Anthony's Church. (David Alan Taylor)

Dubliner road race. (Douglas DeNatale)

National Folklife Festival. (Douglas DeNatale)

National Folklife Festival. (Douglas DeNatale)




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