Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 7 x 10
978-1-4422-3628-8 • Hardback • September 2014 • $104.00 • (£80.00)
978-1-4422-3630-1 • eBook • September 2014 • $98.50 • (£76.00)
Subjects: History / United States / State & Local / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
, Architecture / Historic Preservation / General
, Business & Economics / Museum Administration & Museology
, History / United States / 19th Century
, History / United States / 20th Century
, History / United States / 21st Century
, Art / Museum and Historic Sites / Historic Sites and Houses
Paul Marion was born in Lowell and graduated from the University of Massachusetts -Lowell. In the 1980s, he was an administrator with the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior, helping to develop the programs and properties of the Lowell National Historical Park.
A co-founder of the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Heritage Partnership, he was instrumental in the development of the Lowell Cultural Plan, Mogan Cultural Center, and the Jack Kerouac Commemorative.
He is currently executive director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
[M]any . . . non-native Lowellians . . . followed the hard work of several remarkable people who believed that Lowell was worth saving from the ash heap. Marion, who has deep roots in the city and today is the executive director of community and cultural affairs at UMass Lowell, skillfully tells the stories of these individuals, from Mogan to the late Paul Tsongas, a congressman from Massachusetts who helped push through the legislation that established Lowell National Historical Park when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill on June 5, 1978. . . .Marion includes a number of striking photographs in Mill Power. Many show what downtown Lowell looked like before the creation of the park, illustrating the city’s dramatic transformation in a way no narrative can. The book, a solid, well researched history of the city — from the Pawtucket and Wamesit Indians to the early 21st century — should be on every Lowellian’s shelf.
— Merrimack Valley Magazine