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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 10, 2016 – Honoring the Sacrifice and Courage of Lawrence’s Civil War Veterans

Honoring the Sacrifice and Courage of Lawrence's Civil War Veterans. Presented by the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard.

Date Time Location
Friday, November 10, 2016 7:00 to 8:30 PM Lawrence United Lodge, A.F&A.M 
43 Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

The Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard, honors the sacrifice and courage of those who answered the call to preserve the Union and will be offering a presentation and discussion highlighting the city’s contribution to the war.

On April 15, 1861, when President Lincoln requested that the northern states send 75,000 soldiers to the nation’s Capitol to suppress the rebellion, the people of Lawrence, Massachusetts were more than ready to offer their assistance.  In fact, the first soldier to fall mortally wounded during the riot in Baltimore MD, was 33 year old Sumner Needham of Lawrence. 

From that first bloodshed at Baltimore on April 19, 1861, to the capture of President Jefferson Davis of the defeated Confederacy after the war, soldiers from Lawrence were a part of the brutal conflict of the Civil War. 



Lawrence United Lodge, A.F&A.M
43 Jackson Street
Lawrence MA

The lighted parking lot and entrance are at the rear of the building, with additional on street parking. Upon entering the building, guests may head down stairs, straight into the awaiting hall.

About the Location

The Presentation will be held at the Lawrence United Lodge, A.F&A.M (the Mason Temple Building) at 43 Jackson Street in Lawrence. When the Civil War broke out, Masons were many among those off to battle. The corner stone of the Lawrence United Lodge was laid on April 29, 1922.  Its’ members at that time were still in large part Civil War veterans. The purpose of the building and the fraternity is in no small part to elevate and enhance the lives of its’ members and the community.

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.