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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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Butterfly Power: An Evening with Julia Alvarez

Julia outside under a shade tree, with the new, purple, 25th anniversary edition cover of her book "In the Time of Butterflies" to the left. The cover has a line drawing of a long haired woman with a large orange butterfly on her head

Date:April 25
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA, United States

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Julia’s beloved modern classic In The Time of The Butterflies. She will read excerpts from the re-released edition, and sign books after the presentation.

Read more about the White Fund Presntation: Butterfly Power: An Evening with Julia Alvarez


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.

More Information

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

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 email agarcia@necc.mass.edu

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