Mark Your Calendars: Weekend Tours At Lowell National Historical Park

Visit Lowell National Historical Park any weekend in January and you'll be able to learn something about the country's industrial past. NPS photo.

Stop by Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts any weekend in January and you'll be able to join a guided tour to learn more about the early history of the country's industrialization.

The guided tours peer into various aspects of the history of Lowell, Massachusetts, aspects that the park works to preserve. They run roughly 60-90 minutes in length, and are free. Here's a look at the tours on tap for the rest of January:

Saturday, January 8

Farm to Factory

Ever wondered how cloth is made? Before Lowell's mills began producing cloth, many in New England made cloth at home by hand. Learn to weave on hand looms in this interactive workshop! Program begins at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

Sunday, January 9

Lowell: America's Early Water Laboratory

Learn about the transformation of Lowell from a rural hamlet into the premier city for the 19th century study and use of water power. Explore the historic canal system first-hand and discover its hidden influence on 21st century technology.

Saturday, January 15

Who is an American? Lowell's Immigration Stories

Do you have what it takes to become a US citizen? This lively indoor program explores the continuing story of immigration. Take the naturalization exam, recite the Oath of Allegiance, and discover artifacts that capture Lowell's immigrant voices.

Sunday, January 16

Mill Girls & Immigrants

Explore the stories of Lowell's working people and their homes on this walking tour of "the Acre,""Little Canada," and a restored boardinghouse.

Saturday, January 22

Tunes and Tales of the Mill Era

Join a park ranger to discover the history of working people in Lowell through story and song, with vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mountain dulcimer.

Sunday, January 23

Who is American? Lowell's Immigration Stories

Do you have what it takes to become a US citizen? This lively indoor program explores the continuing story of immigration. Take the naturalization exam, recite the Oath of Allegiance, and discover artifacts that capture Lowell's immigrant voices.

Saturday, January 29

Farm to Factory

Ever wondered how cloth is made? Before Lowell's mills began producing cloth, many in New England made cloth at home by hand. Learn to weave on hand looms in this interactive workshop! Program begins at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

Sunday, January 30

Lowell: America's Early Water Laboratory

Learn about the transformation of Lowell from a rural hamlet into the premier city for the 19th century study and use of water power. Explore the historic canal system first-hand and discover its hidden influence on 21st century technology.