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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Posted By sbaletsa On August 31, 2010 @ 10:01 am In | Comments Disabled

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 2014 Events

  • September 25, 2014 - From Falls to Factories: Lawrence and New Beginnings

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:30 PM Lawrence High School
70-71 North Parish Road, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation by Susan Grabski, Director, Lawrence History Center, and Mike Hearn, Director of Library Services, NECC!

In 1845 there was no town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. There was Andover and there was
Methuen, and there was the Merrimack River separating the two. So what happened? Why did
the city of Lawrence start, and who was responsible for making it happen? We’ll tell the story of
how Lawrence came to be a great center of industry, and just who made it into one. Come see
and hear how the marvelous transformation occurred, and learn how Lawrence grew from the
“New City on the Merrimack” to the “Immigrant City.”

During the lecture, Susan Grabski and Mike Hearn will tell the story, along with visuals, of how Lawrence came to be a great center of industry. Read more in a newsroom article here.

FREE and OPEN 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 contact Martha Leavitt, director, Lawrence Campus operations, at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7403.

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

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.

For more information on any of the events or for directions to the events at Northern Essex’s Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, please call 978-738-7403.

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.


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