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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Fall 2016 Events

  • November 17, 2016 – Lawrence in the Civil War 1861-1865

Lawrence in the Civil War 1861-1865. Presented by the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard.

Date Time Location
November 17, 2016 7:00 pm Lawrence United Lodge, 
43 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

The story of the Lawrence men who served during the Civil War is kept alive by members of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard.

During a White Fund lecture titled “Lawrence in the Civil War 1861-1865,” Guard members Larry West and Dan Gagnon will share the stories of those who answered the call and those who remained behind to support them, from the first bloodshed at Baltimore to the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.

When President Lincoln requested on April 15, 1861 that the northern states send 75,000 soldiers to the nation’s capital to suppress the rebellion, the people of Lawrence were more than ready to offer their assistance.  In fact, 33-year-old Sumner Needham of Lawrence, was the first soldier to fall mortally wounded during the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore, Maryland, which marked the first deaths of the Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion will follow with guard members Joe Bella, Elizabeth Charlton, and Sean Sweeney.

About the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard

Through research into the lives of the Lawrence residents who served, to the beautification of Civil War soldiers’ grave sites, to public programs that educate the public about their service, members of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard have worked to develop, enhance and support the preservation, education, and remembrance of Civil War history in, of, and about Lawrence.

More Information

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information,  Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.


About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

Additional Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please call 978-738-7423.

Sign language interpreters may be requested by calling 978-556-3897 V or by emailing interpret@necc.mass.edu.